Plumbers all over the world have to try to catch up with the terminology that befits their workstations in life. This requirement is especially important if the plumbers in question are working in a country that is not their own. Issues get even trickier when the topic under discussion applies to the bathroom and all that entails because each culture has its own unique way of dealing with it. While some cultures are quite open about bathroom etiquette, others seek to ignore this daily aspect of life and pretend it does not exist even if it is very necessary.
It is therefore imperative for plumbers seeking to find in various parts of the world to acquaint themselves with the bathroom terminology that is used in those areas that they are interested in. The first order of things is to understand what the term bathroom really means. Different countries have different ideas about that. In regions like North America, the bathroom usually contains the toilet, the bathtub or shower and a sink and is more commonly referred to as a restroom or washroom. In other countries across the world especially within the Commonwealth, a bathroom may contain a sink and a bathtub with the toilet in a separate room next door.
Urinals are usually used as public toilets for men and are only meant for short calls. Some people refer to them as sinks. A jaw box is a term that is more common in North America and refers to a sink that is used to clean the face, ears, arms etc but is not necessarily a sink. A toilet sink on the other hand is a toilet that is usually found in parts of Japan and features a faucet on the sink through which water first passes through before filling the toilet tank.
Most plumbers that are interested in working in India and neighboring countries or coastal areas with Indian influences have to be aware of the term “Indian toilets.” The term refers to toilets that feature a flushing mechanism on a toilet, which does not have a seat, but rather, a ceramic bowl sunk in the floor. Some feature shower heads on the opposite end that allows people to shower and the water will drain in the toilet.
The outhouse refers to toilets that have been built outside and may feature a seat with a hole or alternatively just a hole in the ground. Such toilets are also referred to as latrines and are popular in areas that do not have a lot of water necessary for constant flushing. Toilets are also known as loss in some countries especially those within the commonwealth.
Plumbers should also be aware of other bathroom terminology including bidets, which are used for cleaning up after one has gone for either a long or short call. Bidets are common in areas where the use of toilet paper is not highly favored and where ablutions are preferred. Toilet paper is also known as tissue paper, loo rolls, TP among other names. Everyone looking to work in the plumbing business has to learn all these terminology to install the required items effectively.