The Exact quote is : “I’m going to the loo…Shall I get some coffee?” From the series Doc Martin. Season 1. Episode 6. Title of the episode is “Haemophobia.”
I tried to explain to a young Chinese student living in my home this summer …we kept going around in circles. In the end we decided that the word Loo was slang and not a dirty word. It’s just another word for the bathroom. It’s not a word I have ever heard in the U.S. unless someone has been watching BBC. It’s history as a word is actually linked to the times when people didn’t have bathrooms and instead used chamber pots . To warn a pedestrian that something was now going to be thrown out the window they would shout in England “Gardy Loo!” In France they would shout Gardez l’eau!! Basically, watch out for the water!! Another story surfaced, that to make it easier for the illiterate a sign for the bathroom was 100. The number 100 looked like Loo so it worked. Strangely enough, you can go to Kincumber, New South Wales , Australia and visit a highly respected coffee shop named Loo Loos Coffee Warehouse. Most of the reviewers were delighted with the food and thought their coffee was delicious. Billy Jo Clarkson on January 4th, 2017 said it this way: “Loved the atmosphere and staff. Coffee is the best on the coast!” Make sure you visit the suburb of Woolloomooloo nearby before you leave the area.( I did not misspell this.) near Sydney, Australia. Just to go there to take a picture of the signage would be priceless! In Woolloomooloo they’ve got one of the longest and biggest wharves called Finger Wharf. It’s 1,310 feet long, 210 feet wide with 3,600 piles. And while you’re at it fly now back to Wales (the one near England) on the other side of the world..and check out the Harry Potter themed loo at Kim and Flo’s Cafe in Treorchy. Their shop is known for serving up Harry Potter themed teas if you get hungry.Have some coffee with it. They also do fantasy, princess parties and now Star Wars-check them out if you’re in the neighborhood. So really when you think of it Loos can be a good thing. Just remember if you hear the words Gardy loo or Guardez l’eau… to duck!!!