Potty Talk: 22 Expressions with “Toilet” in English

Do you usually say, “I’m going to the toilet” in English?

Although saying this can be correct in some contexts, it can be overly direct or even rude–especially in American English.

It’s not necessary to restrict yourself to just this literal phrase when in English we have so many varieties of expressing this phrase. Today, I’m going to teach you everything from the most polite ways to say this, to the crass [rude] expressions that you’ll only want to say around the closest of friends.

Are you ready to learn some fun, and extremely useful English? Then let’s go!

First check out this video, then learn even more with the lesson below:

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22 Expressions with “Toilet” in English

The following toilet related vocabulary and expressions are sorted from the most polite, to the rudest and most vulgar.


The following are appropriate in any situation:


–Example: I’m gonna [going to] go to the bathroom.


–Example: Where is the restroom?

english expression powder my noseLittle boy’s/girl’s room

–Example: I’ll be right back, I need to use the little girl’s room.

Powder my nose

–Example: Excuse me, I need to powder my nose.


The following are appropriate with family or friends:


Example: Where’ the bathroom? I need to pee.

Tinkle (mostly used by older women)

-Example: I drank too much water! I have to go tinkle.

Go (when used in context)

Example: Where’s the bathroom, I really have to go!

Potty (Generally used by children)

-Example (noun): Where’s the potty?

-Example (verb): Mama, I have to potty.

Take a #1/#2 (number 1 refers to peeing, number 2 to pooping)

-Example: Person 1 – I have to go to the bathroom.

Person 2 – Number 1 or number 2?

My bladder is bursting (when you really have to go)

-Example: Stop the car! My bladder is bursting.


The following are appropriate only with friends

Loo English expressionJohn

–Example: Where’s the John? I have to take a number 2.

Loo (UK – can be familiar or rude, depending on where you are)

–Example: I’ll be right back, I’m gonna go to the loo.


–Example: Hey man, where’s the crapper?

Take a leak 

–Example: He has to take a leak, where’s your bathroom?

Pee oneself (when you really have to go)

-Example: I’m about to pee myself, let’s go home.


-Example: Do you mind telling me where’s the can?


The following should only be used with close friends, if ever. Also remember that it is more common for men to use these expressions than women.


–Example: Man, where’s the can, I need to go shit.


–Example: He went to take a dump.


–Example: I’ve gotta [got to] use your shitter.


–Example: We drank a lot of beer and now we all have to piss.


–Example: Mind if I use your pisser?

Piss oneself (same as pee oneself, but cruder)

In Conclusion

Having a rich vocabulary is important, especially if you want to sound like a native. However, it’s perhaps even more important to know when to appropriately use these phrases, and not to sound rude in a second language.

So experiment with your English learning, and try using Anki to remember all of these new words and expressions.

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  1. Gemma Hosokoji on February 17, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I be learned so much!! Thanks!!

    • Ethan on February 17, 2014 at 8:10 am

      That’s great to hear 😀

    • Ethan on February 17, 2014 at 9:06 am

      That’s great! Thank you.

  2. Irham Hadi Kusuma on February 17, 2014 at 8:57 am

    thanx 🙂

  3. Shadhana on February 17, 2014 at 6:49 am


  4. Adriana on February 17, 2014 at 6:50 am

    A very helpful video! Thanks”

    • Ethan on February 17, 2014 at 8:10 am

      Thank you!

  5. Hasan Asadi on February 17, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Many thanks was really useful

  6. Nurwahidah Hasan on February 17, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Thank you!

  7. Djamel Defdaf on February 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    it was very interesting,thanks a lot

  8. Imane Masmoudi on February 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks a million for such a crass useful tips !!

  9. Satish Kumar on February 17, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I missed a lot

  10. zohreh on February 17, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    it was very usefull thanks a lot.

  11. Nadia-Nero on February 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Thanx Ethan for making one of them one minute video !

  12. Nadia-Nero on February 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    from now on I am no longer gonna use the world toilet,…. yea toilet is more french !!!

  13. ????? ?????????? on February 18, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Such a variety of expressions, thank you.
    I have hardly ever heard some of them)))

  14. tyta on February 18, 2014 at 5:23 am

    This is very useful to get well with the native speakers. Thanks a lot.

  15. Ethan Zinho on February 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

    That's great! I hope you can put them to use 😉

  16. Ethan Zinho on February 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Haha, you're very welcome!

  17. Ethan Zinho on February 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

    You're welcome!

  18. Ethan Zinho on February 18, 2014 at 11:16 am

    You didn't understand? Try reading and watching again, I bet you'll understand more!

  19. Humberto Herrera Morales on February 22, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Very funny, but it is a great help

  20. Rubens Brandão on February 23, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    it's amazing how much i'm learning with you guys in Reallife!!
    Thank you very much!

  21. soumano Djelikaba on February 28, 2014 at 3:30 am

    this lesson of vocabulary is very rich for me because to hear some of these expressions you’ve to be in a place where english is really spoken but unfortunetly iam in a french country

  22. Janet Abedi on March 4, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    thanks , so much useful

  23. Nico Prinzio on March 8, 2014 at 3:27 am

    excellent article! really loved the picture xD

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