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Use in reference to lavatories derives from the mid-20th century euphemism "show one the geography of the house" in reference to pointing out the toilets.
- (UK) IPA(key): /dʒɪˈɒɡɹəfi/, /ˈdʒɒɡɹəfi/
- (US) IPA(key): /d͡ʒiˈɑɡɹəfi/
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- Hyphenation: ge‧og‧ra‧phy
- Rhymes: -ɒɡɹəfi
- A description of the earth: a treatise or textbook on geography
- 2021, Mark Steyn, “Our Increasingly Unrecognizable Civilization”, in Imprimis, volume 50, number 4/5, Hillsdale College, →ISSN, →OCLC, page 3:
- These days, instead of going off behind the bike shed during recess to learn about sex, kids need to sneak behind the bike shed to do a little bit of closeted geography or closeted Latin.
- (archaic) an atlas or gazetteer.
- The study of the physical properties of the earth, including how humans affect and are affected by them.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:geography
- Terrain: the physical properties of a region of the earth.
- 1973, Helen Miller Bailey, Abraham Phineas Nasatir, Latin America: the development of its civilization:
- The geography of the Andes approaches never made transportation easy; routes to Bogota, Quito, La Paz, and Cuzco were so precipitous as to slow down the development of those Spanish cities in the interior.
- Any subject considered in terms of its physical distribution.
- (astronomy) Similar books, studies, or regions concerning other planets.
- The physical arrangement of any place, particularly (UK, slang) a house.
- (chiefly upper-class UK, euphemistic) The lavatory: a room used for urination and defecation.
- 1967 December 21, The Listener, page 802:
- The Business Man Jocular: ‘I say, where's the geography, old son?’
- (figuratively) The relative arrangement of the parts of anything.
- (chiefly business and marketing) A territory: a geographical area as a field of business or market sector.
study of physical structure and inhabitants of the Earth
- Oxford English Dictionary. "geography, n."