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potty etiquette

What's a good way to politely refer to the fact that you have to go to the bathroom? I can't use "powder my nose" anymore because at this point it brings to mind either snorting cocaine or applying makeup neither of which I am eager to be associated with.

Edit: This is definately for coworkers who I don't want to talk about peeing or poop with. My friends get to hear all about my peeing and pooping. To clarify.

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rob_donoghue
Dec. 2nd, 2003 12:28 pm (UTC)
Exscuse me for a second.
nixieq
Dec. 2nd, 2003 12:30 pm (UTC)
use the facilities? hit the loo? go to the bathroom? i dunno, i'm not exactly the world's most delicate person in terms of phrasing. i generally just say "be right back, i gotta pee," and go. >;)
crystalsage
Dec. 2nd, 2003 12:34 pm (UTC)
"be right back, i gotta pee,"

Yep, that's what I do. If someone's offended, oh well. Deal.
izzerwurst
Dec. 2nd, 2003 12:34 pm (UTC)
howzabout 'freshen up'?
bitchiekittie
Dec. 2nd, 2003 12:39 pm (UTC)
I usually say, excuse me, and if it's a situation (or an individual) that will call for more detail, I say that I'm "going to the ladies' room". you can also say "restroom", but that brings to MY mind sleeeeeping, which I so wish we had a special room for at the office.
cheetahmaster
Dec. 2nd, 2003 12:45 pm (UTC)
stretch your legs?

get a breath of fresh air?

drain the super dragon?
squeegibo
Dec. 2nd, 2003 12:52 pm (UTC)
Quick, which movie is this from?
"As Socrates said to the Ephesians, where do I leak the lizard?"

On further reflection, "Ephesians" may be wrong. "Athenians"?
squeegibo
Dec. 2nd, 2003 12:50 pm (UTC)
I usually say "I'll be back in a sec." and look uncomfortable.
snidegrrl
Dec. 2nd, 2003 02:37 pm (UTC)
Hrm. I do that sometimes too but I worry they will think I am going to nap in my car or something. I want to make clear I'm doing something absolutely necessary.
castironskillet
Dec. 2nd, 2003 12:50 pm (UTC)
I like tyo say "make peepee" - but that's totally just because I like to say "make peepee," not for reasons of delicacy.
snidegrrl
Dec. 2nd, 2003 02:34 pm (UTC)
I like to say that too! But I don't think people where I work would crack a smile. Or if they did, it would be creepy.
judithiscariot
Dec. 2nd, 2003 12:51 pm (UTC)
it depends on the company.

at home, i say "gotta pee." at work, i say "excuse me for a minute" or "i'll be right back."
necrocannibal
Dec. 2nd, 2003 12:51 pm (UTC)

oh, i see my precocious and heartwarming brand of scatological humor is not wanted here.
castironskillet
Dec. 2nd, 2003 12:56 pm (UTC)
look again!
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markush
Dec. 2nd, 2003 12:51 pm (UTC)
My particular favorite is "taking the lizard to the aquaduct".
snidegrrl
Dec. 2nd, 2003 02:41 pm (UTC)
i guess girls have lizards. little ones. er, metaphorically. agh!!!
norabombay
Dec. 2nd, 2003 12:52 pm (UTC)
http://www.book.russells.id.au/

Not potty related. But the complete text and pics of "Stranger than Fiction" the bio of Split Enz that is impossible to find.
snidegrrl
Dec. 2nd, 2003 02:43 pm (UTC)
FIE. I think I bid on this and lost on Ebay as well. !!!! Dammit! But the link is much cheaper! Thank you.
zenthia
Dec. 2nd, 2003 01:05 pm (UTC)
I"m going for a walk.
castironskillet
Dec. 2nd, 2003 01:10 pm (UTC)
"I'm about to go bump up, wanna come?"
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tzel
Dec. 2nd, 2003 01:17 pm (UTC)
Well, after being beaten up about gender issues by calling it the girl's or women's room in a place with only one potty, if "I've got to step into the back room for a moment" doesn't work I say "I've got to hit the little mutant's room" if that doesn't work I say "look, I've got to potty" if they still look at me funny I say "I've got to piss". Then they look offended and say, "thanks for sharing". If I don't inform them they come yelling into the back room looking for me and seem to be confused when from the other side of the bathroom door I say "no, I can't come to the phone, take a message"

Seriously, just say "I have to use the rest room" (which may be a Southern phrase) and if they don't get it say "I've got to piss" They'll get it the next time.
traceracer
Dec. 2nd, 2003 01:24 pm (UTC)
I've always had a soft spot for, "I have to go see a man about a horse."
examorata
Dec. 2nd, 2003 01:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is a good one.

I also like "spend a penny" even though it's painfully quaint.

Or you could do like my fifth grade teacher always made us - call it the "lavatory."

Though I don't see what's wrong with, "Excuse me, I need to use the facilities/loo/washroom/WC/whatever."
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