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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Sunday Rest: Word Not To Use Today: bidet.

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.

1 comment:

  1. What to say but WELL I NEVER!! A word to avoid I reckon.