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On Wed, Mar 04, 2009 at 09:36:14AM +0000, Robert Raschke wrote:
> The english "loo" actually comes from french, as in "garde l'eau",

As of the 2007 edition, the OED still considers the etymology obscure.
It notes that a 1974 article examined several possible sources for the
word and favored it being derived from "Waterloo", but without any
clear documentation or demonstration.

                                                  -Dave Dodge