Why Bog Blog? I don’t normally use the word bog myself but it seems appropriate here, since it is just one letter short of “blog”.

“The bog” is a down-to-earth British euphemism for the facilities that genteel Americans tend to describe by cringeworthy euphemistic names such as bathroom, washroom, restroom, powder room or even (ugh!) comfort station. The bog is, of course, also known by many other names, some crude, some polite. Examples include lavatory, loo, toilet, WC (water closet), can, john, head, privy, latrine, ladies’ room, gentlemen’s room and little girls’ room (yuk!).

We in Britain should be grateful that we still have a reasonable (although rapidly shrinking) provision of public lavatories and do not often have to dodge into a cafe for an unwanted coffee just so that we can make use of the customer-only facilities.

Nevertheless, the UK’s public lavatories are something of a mystery to me, for reasons that will be clear from subsequent Bog Blog postings. They can also be a source of great annoyance — again for reasons that will be explained on later postings.

By the way, my use of the description “public” includes all freely accessible bogs, such as those in shopping centres, department stores, supermarkets, airports, bus stations, public parks, public car parks and free-to-enter museums and art galleries.

I do not include bogs that are only accessible after one has paid an admission fee, such as those in most cinemas, theatres, night clubs, concert halls, sports grounds, stately homes, entertainment parks, etc.

I may, however, refer to bogs in pubs and eateries where you can usually walk in and use the lavatorial facilities without anyone noticing that you haven’t actually bought any food or drink. Examples include chaotic fast food establishments such as McDonald’s and large pubs such as those run by J. D. Wetherspoon.