Post by Ian Jackson
Whey aye, y'buggah!
Hev yuh nivvor hord ov Hadrian's Waall?
Do you think that Hadrian and the Roman army did all the hard work? Most
of the heavy stuff would have been done by the locals who, even if they
didn't have enough Latin for The Judging, would have had to have had
enough to interact with the Army of Occupation (tuh dee wot they wor
telt). The east end of The Wall ends at Wallsend on Tyne - and you can't
get more Geordie than that.
Ian, from "Casell's Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins":
Lavatory, privy. This term to be heard in certain parts of northern Britain
and recorded in the English Dialect Dictionary (1898) is short for
gabinetti, the Italian word for closets, small rooms, lavatories.
Presumably, it must have been picked up from Italian immigrants at some
Compare the equally cosy Australian term "dunny", for an outside lavatory.
This, however, comes from the same root as 'dung', via 'dunnakin',
eighteenth century English slang."