gardyloo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French garde à l'eau translated means "beware of the water."

Interjection[edit]

gardyloo

  1. (obsolete) Used by servants in medieval Scotland to warn passers-by of waste about to be thrown from a window into the street below. The phrase was still in use as late the 1930s and '40s, when many people had no indoor toilets.

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