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Bidet Who Are You? The bidet is a sanitary installation which looks like a shallow toilet bowl with water taps. The purpose of the bidet is to clean up after you've done what you came to do in the toilet. The rationale here is that sometimes toilet paper isn't enough and you can't always shower after you went to the toilet. Enters: the bidet. I feel like I ...


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I'm Portuguese and every bathroom has a bidet. Only the really small ones don't. It is something I find in European countries with Latin roots (specially Portugal, Spain, France and Italy). From personal experience and of others, it is not commonly used, although useful on those few times. The main uses are to clean: Your feet: Sometimes you come home ...


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I won't add to the above answers, which have mostly covered the "What is it, how do I use it?" questions, so I'll go straight for the etiquette Bonus question: What is the social aspect of bidet usage in countries where they are widespread? Is it implicitly assumed everybody uses this device on a weekly/daily/hourly basis? It's like any other personal ...


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In the United States, the more polite terms I hear are usually either the restroom or the ladies' room/men's room (always including room). Washroom sounds Canadian to me. British terminology (such as loo) may well be understood but would sound odd. So, I might ask: "Where's the restroom?" If I already knew, I'd most likely excuse myself without explanation. ...


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Shake your hands to remove as much water as possible. Hold one hand with the back of the hand close to the air stream until it is dry. Swap hands, dry the back of the other hand. Rub your hands together to get the back of both hands wet again. Repeat until both hands are dry. This method is optimal because the large flat convex surface of the back of ...


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My experience is that you don't use them. They work poorly, which is why they are generally being replaced with newer more efficient dryers or removed altogether. In theory, you can use them by pressing the button, then rubbing your hands together underneath in the airflow. If you're extremely patient and do this for long enough, you should eventually wind ...


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There is no meaning in the ‘dress code’ of your picture — simply because there is no dress code involved. Your wife attempted to look like the locals — wearing a Dirndl — but failed absolutely miserably at it. Traditional Dirndl are ankle-long, come with an apron and don’t show the underdress. The underdress (clearly visible in your picture) is essentially ...


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Well...it has no meaning as "dress code", it simply looks wrong. Here a picture of actual "diandlgwand" (girl clothes) with different cuts of colors: and here the short form: All clothes have one-piece (!) skirts which at least reaches the knee, very often combined with a apron. Your wife skirt is too short and it is not one piece: it shows a second ...


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This question has been asked twice on English SE, the second in a British English context: “Toilet”, “lavatory” or “loo” for polite society Is there a formal way to say we want to go to the toilet? [closed] Too summarize that, loo or a bit more polite lavatory would be perfectly fine in the UK, while bathroom can be slightly confusing. People are more ...


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As living in Southern Europe, bidets are pretty much ubiquitous at any home setting. Outside homes, they are only normally present in women's wcs, as it is assumed they have got to clean up themselves especially in that time of the month. I pretty much do not feel confy with them, and use only in those nasty days I go too many times to the toilet; ...


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Bidets are in almost every bathroom here (Argentina), excepting public places. Their main usage is for anal (both sexes) and genital (women mostly) cleaning. They can replace or (more commonly) complement the toilet paper. Not everyone uses them, though. Other answers have covered the usage instructions. I wish to add some socially relevant points about ...


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Trabocchi ... Trabocchi Everywhere The Costa dei Trabocchi is a piece of coastline in Abruzzo, spanning Ortona to Fossacesia: Map shamelessly screenshot from GAC Costa dei Trabocchi since the map link isn't available To date, you'll find several trabocchi along the coast, around 31. Most of these used to be abandoned. However, in 1994 the Region passed a ...


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The greeting which you included is the "Namaste" (you are right!). This is a very formal greeting, which is shown towards guests and elders. The greeting which you haven't included, looks more like a vertical salute. [Couldn't find a picture. Maybe, I'd include one of my guard if I can click it.] It is more like an informal namaste(and conveys the same ...


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You are probably witnessing the adaab hand gesture. This is a secular greeting used in India, Pakistan and other countries where Urdu is spoken. Here are two people demonstrating the gesture. The lady is doing the namaste and the man is responding with the adaab (credit: aaghazedosti.wordpress.com): The hand is raised higher to the face in a more formal ...


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I'm not sure I completely understand the question, but if it is "Why has this dress been met with surprise at the Oktoberfest in Munich, I see two points: Comparing to pictures of random dirndls the white underskirt strikes me as very long and visible, it is typically not or barely visible/there. Also the typical apron is missing. See Wikipedia on ...


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If I am looking for the toilet in an establishment I usually ask for the bathroom or the men's/women's room. My understanding is that the term bathroom is perceived as less crude than the word toilet hence why I don't user the latter. If I am at a formal event, such as a black tie dinner, I usually just say "excuse me" and then stand up and leave. No need ...


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T-shirt and jeans or shorts are absolutely OK for just sightseeing (of course as long as weather permits and as long as you don't have any really strange image on your T-shirt). It might be not OK for theaters, high-end restaurants, etc, where a more formal dress is expected. Churches also often have a more strict dress-code. Usually it is long trousers (...


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The politest thing to do is to not draw attention to the fact that you need the toilet. Don't indicate to all and sundry that you need the toilet. If you need to know where the toilet is, ask where is the toilet/restroom/bathroom/lavatory, please? If you are desperate to go during a meeting or conversation, quietly excuse yourself at an opportune moment ...


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Does the gesture he made look similar to the one in the photo below, but without the other hand raised and the mouth open? If yes, then it is sort of an informal Namasthe practiced among the town folk and some city folk who migrated from the towns or villages. It is polite and indicates that the person doing it is humble. You will rarely find a man of ...


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The aim is to maximise the surface area of the water on your hands, so keep spreading the remaining water all over your hands, especially to those parts that have already dried. Tease out the water between your fingers as this water is often the last to dry out.


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My understanding, having asked and been given a partial, embarrassed answer, would be that you assume a squatted position over the fixture, without lower body contact, then use the supplied water flow to wash your functional areas after discharging waste in the otherwise appropriate receptacle. Clear yet vague? Typically there is no paper supplied, so the ...


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Any almost all North African and Middle Eastern countries Bidet serves simple purpose of washing legs which is a mandatory prerequisite for Muslim prayer


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You use it for cleaning your genital and anal areas. This may be BEFORE social (or sexual) meetings or after those areas become in need of cleaning (just a long day since you showered, after sex, exercise, bowel movements or urination, during your menstruation,,, basically when you feel you need it.) I suspect with the widespread adoption of panty pads, that ...


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Just indicate that you need to wash your hands. That usually gets the idea across in polite society.


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Before you start, shake water off your hands. Faced with a drier I know to be feeble, I use a flicking motion where I tuck all fingers under the thumb then spread them wide, several times. Do this over the sink, not the floor ;-) While under the air, your hands should be in motion at all times. There are two motions to combine/alternate. Motion 1 is to cup ...


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well as an Iranian, I should say that dress code is not that hard and strict that you might have heard except hijab for women which is only enforced by gov (that is not frowned upon by locals and girls are free about that at not crowded places), so you just wear whatever you like and don't worry that much. But if you like to blend in and not be the center ...


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Not that I find the new air-jet dryers much better, but if I find one of these old models in a bath room and there are no paper towels there, I usually seek a toilet cubicle after washing my hands and grab some toilet paper to dry off.


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I'm Australian. We like directness. Among friends we can be very blunt: "Where's the dunny?" Among foreigners we tone it down to merely informational and if we think the other person might be offended we use a more discreet low tone and start with a warning about impending directness: "I don't know the local polite form so I'm going to be direct. Where is ...


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I share your frustration with such dryers, which to me are strictly inferior in almost every way to simply providing paper towels. As indicated by Sam, part of the trick is to not have very wet hands to start with. And, as noted by Zach, one usually winds up using a slightly less-sanitary method of drying the hands. Personally, I split the difference. I ...


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If your looking for a universal way that fits all circumstances, your best bet is going to be to ask someone. Your going to be the guest of someone. Even in a store you have the employees to help. So find someone that looks like they know the place, or better yet, invited you, and quietly, discreetly, let them know what your looking for. Then listen to the ...



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