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Melika asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

Why do you say: "John is calling me"?

why do you say John is calling me instead of I need a loo? and where did it first come from?

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    It's funny.

    The toilet was created by a man named John. I think the original title for the toilet was the Kraper. John became the polite nickname to call the toilet because of the inventor's name.

    If the John is calling you, it is polite friendly conversation, that you are excusing yourself to visit with John.

    Imagine if you are in a large party complete with the Queen of England.....(okay maybe that is a bad example but still) You would not tell everyone you met you needed to pee, that's societal suicide. Never excuse yourself from a conversation because of a bodily function, always let others know they are the most important thing in the universe by excusing yourself as if you were going to mix and mingle with other John, that ...uh....guy over there....yeah him. and then spli past him to visit the real John. John Krapper.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This would be said by some because "John" is a euphemism for toilet in some parts of the English-speaking world. The reference to it being a "call" is due to the general standard of not bringing up such matters in polite conversation.

    In truth, it's best not to mention it at all, simply say "Excuse me", and proceed to the WC.

  • 1 decade ago

    John is a leader of a "junta" against his brother, a King, King Richard, and was defeated but was pardoned by the King and as a reminder of John, the King declared that all the toilet bowl shall be called John.... it is in the tale of Robin Hood.

  • 1 decade ago

    get him to leave a mesage

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