John's around the world will not take it anymore
Click = Toilet Sings It
Myth: Thomas Crapper invented the toilet. Truth: he purchased some patents and made some improvements.
One Source says:
"The assumption that Crapper invented the flushing toilet in untrue. The device was created by Sir John Harington, a courtier of Elizabeth I, who had a 'john' built at the palace. It was developed by Alexander Cummins, whose device allowed a modicum of water to remain in the bowl to prevent seepage from the sewers. Crapper did popularize the loo and made it an accepted domestic fixture. The notion that Crapper gave his scatological name to feces is just crap. The word 'crap', according to the Oxford English Dictionary, derives from the Middle English 'crappe', meaning chaff or residue from rendered fat."
What I learned: Thomas Crapper is credited with improving the early flush toilet but he did not invent the toilet from scratch. Thomas Crapper was a plumber that is often mistakenly called 'John Crapper'. While Sir John Harrington is credited with the invention, it was Alexander Cummings that received the first patent for a flushing water closet (toilet not John). BTW: this was approximately sixty years before Thomas Crapper was born.
BTW: The British word for toilet, "loo", derives from the French "garde a l'eau!" In medieval Europe people had little conception of hygiene and threw the contents of their chamber pots out the window into the street below. In France the practice was preceded by "garde a l'eau!" ("watch out for the water!"). In England, this phrase was Anglicised, first to "gardy-loo!", then just "loo", and eventually came to mean the toilet/lavatory itself. ( Source)
Bottom line: Since people who credit Thomas Crapper with the invention, use his last name i.e. Crapper. Then why don't the people who give credit to John Harington (also spelled Harrington) - call it the Harington e.g. Why do foolish Americans call the toilet a John?
When around the World it's a:
toilet loo crapper WC, water closet
privy latrine CR, Comfort Room outhouse
Dunny Netty commode potty
porcelain throne Restroom Bathroom
Since Alexander Cummings received the first patent:
New Rule: it's the Alexander or the Cummings (for doing #1 :)
or the tried and true : Crapper (for serious 'business' such as reading a magazine :)
P.S. My name is John Prince or as shown on my SS = Prince, John but I don't ask you to call me a Prince (a son of a King) And yes some may call me a son of a female four legged animal - but I disagree with that ! :) But mainly I disagree with calling a toilet/restroom/crapper/etc a John