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GARDYLOO

Pronunciation: gah(r)-di-lu

Part of Speech: Interjection

Meaning: An exclamation alerting passers-by to dirty water or more offensive liquid about to be dropped from a window above their heads.

Word History: The story goes that a medieval French king was drenched with the contents of a chamber pot one day in Paris. The result was a rule that all Parisians exclaim, “garde à l’eau!” (look out for the water!) before dumping liquid waste out the window.  Because of the “Auld Alliance” between Scotland and France against the English, the term eventually migrated to Edinburgh, where it was shouted by inhabitants of the tall medieval tenements in that city’s Old Town before the contents of chamber pots were flung out onto the streets below.

I adopted this handle after living for a considerable time in Edinburgh.  The term “loo” is derived from Gardyloo.

So in other words, as you live and travel the world, watch out for the falling…