Anonymous asked in Society & CultureEtiquette · 1 decade ago

In America, is it rude to ask where the "toilets" are?

When me and my sister were in America a few months ago, we were in a shopping centre and we were looking for the toilets. So we asked some guy who worked there and he gave us a funny look and asked if we meant the restrooms. I was wondering if it is considered rude to ask where the toilets are.

(In Australia it's not rude?)

25 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Using the word "toilet" in public in America is considered a little bit crude. Most of us do not know the word "loo" or "WC"; the favored terms are restroom and bathroom.

    I had the exact opposite experience in the British Museum in London. I ask for the restroom, and got blasted, loudly, with, "It is called a toilet, you hear me? Toilet". And that was by a guard on duty there. A bad experience.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Toilets In America

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it's not really rude but it's more polite to ask where the restrooms are at or bathrooms. He might have not even worked there and that's why he was surprised. I worked retail for a year and i had people ask me where the toilets where but it never bother me.

  • 4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    He only gave you a funny look because in the USA, toliets are more commonly refered to as bathrooms or restrooms. I know they are refered to as toliets in other countries.

    The first time I traveled to another country and saw toliets instead of bathrooms, I was confused too but I knew what they were.

    I'm sure someone in another country would give me a weird look too if I asked where the bathrooms were instead of the toilets.

    Don't worry too much about it.

  • 1 decade ago

    It's not rude exactly. Some people think its low class to phrase it that way but really it's not a huge deal. Generally Americans refer to it as the "restroom" or more informally the "bathroom'

  • dan90
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    No it isn't rude, it's just not what we refer to. Pretty much answered your own question with the "asked if we meant restrooms." If you had asked where are the restrooms, he wouldn't have given you that look.

    Ignore Brittany A

  • 1 decade ago

    Thats a great question.... It is not rude, it's just too direct.

    North Americans don't seem to like that word when referring to the potty, the loo, the ladies room or the mens room, the john or the can.

    Wash room is the word that seems to be favored, or rest room or bath room, nothing that implies a number 1 or a number 2.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well in America we do tend to say restrooms as adults and toilet and potty as kids. We just find it sounds more polite I suppose. Hope you had a fun time in the USA :)

    Source(s): I'm an American
  • 1 decade ago

    It's more common to say the restroom, but I'd think if anyone told me that, I'd be sure they meant the bathroom or restroom, w/e

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