Is 'lavatory' now a middle class word?

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It has always been said that the upper class says 'lavatory' whilst the middle and lower classes say 'toilet'.

All the books and papers I can find agree with this. But my boyfriend insists that based on his experience 'posh' and the working class say 'toilet' whilst the middle class says 'lavatory'.

I have no doubt that aspiring middle class would want to use 'lavatory' here and there, but I find it quite difficult to believe that the word has been abandoned by the upper class.

What's your view on this?
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I've never heard anyone say 'lavatory'. It's always the 'toilet' or the 'bathroom'.
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(Original post by Maid Marian)
I've never heard anyone say 'lavatory'. It's always the 'toilet' or the 'bathroom'.
noooooo

:creep:

i thought you were my class MM :cry2:

it's over
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Wash room
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(Original post by the bear)
noooooo

:creep:

i thought you were my class MM :cry2:

it's over
Sowwy bear
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I don't think I've heard anybody say "lavatory" seriously... My mother (distinctly working class) says it, half-jokingly.

Everyone else I've encountered just says "toilet", "loo" or "bathroom".
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I've heard plenty of working class people use it.
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I have always called it the loo ever since I can remember.

Is that U or non U? I have no idea.
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Lavatory? How vile. One urinates in a water closet.
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I call it house of the rising floater.

What class does that make me???

Class-less? Literally? OHHHHHH YYYYYYYEAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhh
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Gents, bathroom or ****ter, depending on who I'm with.
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I've never said lavatory only toilet or bathroom
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It's not a word I've really come across a great deal. It's one of those words which makes the user sound like they're trying incredibly hard, but it always sounds false.

I think it belongs to the self-conscious middle classes who spend half of their time trying to convince everyone else that they're middle class.
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I say toilet or I am going to pee if I am with my group of mates.
May sound rude to say going to pee. But we have done it for 4yrs now kind of a thing now for our group


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(Original post by Maid Marian)
I've never heard anyone say 'lavatory'. It's always the 'toilet' or the 'bathroom'.
Which would show that it is upper.
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(Original post by the bear)
noooooo

:creep:

i thought you were my class MM :cry2:

it's over
Well she is of the homo sapien not bears.
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(Original post by Bill_Gates)
Wash room
Well Bill you're American so of course.
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(Original post by Aivicore)
I don't think I've heard anybody say "lavatory" seriously... My mother (distinctly working class) says it, half-jokingly.

Everyone else I've encountered just says "toilet", "loo" or "bathroom".
Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge uses 'lavatory'.
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(Original post by alow)
I've heard plenty of working class people use it.
Which would be interesting because the working class and the upper class tend to use the same words.
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(Original post by cole-slaw)
I have always called it the loo ever since I can remember.

Is that U or non U? I have no idea.
I think everybody uses 'loo'.
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