トイレ

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From トイレット (toiretto), from English toilet.

Pronunciation[edit]

イレ (Atamadaka)[1]

Noun[edit]

トイレ (romaji toire)

  1. bathroom, restroom, lavatory
  2. toilet

Usage notes[edit]

While previously this term was considered rather crude when used to refer to the bathroom (being literally “toilet”), its usage is increasingly accepted, particularly in the younger generation – 「トイレはどこですか。」 (Where is the toilet?) is generally acceptable. In polite conversation, however, お手洗い (otearai, washroom) is preferred.

The honorific おトイレ (o-toire) is less often used, but is found, particularly in polite writing referring to toilets, rather than the room – if wishing to be polite when referring to the room, one would more often use お手洗い.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3