Is there a heavier word in the English language than bidet?
Oh, I do hope not!
Anyway, bidets were invented in France in the 17th century. At some point someone had the bright idea of attaching them to a water supply, and then in 1960 the electric bidet (a combination bidet/lavatory) was unleashed upon the amazed world.
The twentieth century, that hotbed of innovation, came up with a further sophistication, the "paperless toilet", with a drying as well as a washing function.
I understand that bidets are sometimes referred to as garden hoses: personally, I much prefer not to refer to them at all.
Word Not To Use Today: bidet. This word is from the French word meaning pony, and before that from the Old French bider, to trot.