To spend a penny

spend a pennyTo spend a penny, is a common British idiom which means: to go to the toilet.

According to my grandparents, the word loo and toilet were vulgar, and the expression:’ go to the restroom’ was completely inaccurate, consequently they used to say.  ‘Please forgive me, but I must go and spend a penny’.

I know?!?  It wasn’t until I was in my teens that I understood what they were talking about.  However, more importantly, it costs 30 pennies nowadays. What a rip off!

As an aside, in Vietnam, the loo is called The Happy Room and in the Philippines it is called a Comfort Room.  I’m not saying anything, BUT, my definition of comfort is definitely not the same as it is in the Philippines.

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