Other words for toilets | Arms to Saudi Arabia | Wasabi KitKat | Clergy as tulips
Linda Fishwick objects to the use of “bathroom” to designate the room where one goes to relieve oneself (Letters, 25 February). Unfortunately, two of her preferred terms are equally euphemistic: “lavatory” originally meant the room where one washed (and still has that meaning in the context of abbey ruins), and performing one’s toilet was the process of dressing, arranging one’s hair etc – usually done in private. Perhaps she might like to adopt the accurate but inoffensive Elizabethan term “the house of easement”.
• I am not sure it is necessary to travel to Uganda to hear euphemistic talk of the “smallest room” (Letters, 26 February). There appears to be some uncertainty over who actually first said it, but there is a well-known response to a poor theatre review that goes: “I am in the smallest room of the house. I have your review in front of me. Soon it will be behind me.”
• I found Theresa May’s altruism (Yemen: May pledges £200m aid for war victims, 25 February) rather oxymoronic, as Britain is still selling arms to Saudi Arabia, which facilitates the heinous conflict in Yemen. Is it a case of giving aid in one hand and a gun in the other?
• Surprised your KitKat article (G2, 25 February) never mentioned the toothsome wasabi KitKat option, widely available in Japan. I found it almost as tasty as Marmite on hot cross buns.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
• How thoughtful of the clergy in your beautiful photograph to come disguised as tulips, knowing spring is on its way (Pope sparks fury, 25 February).