I guess all families have different words to describe rooms in the house.
There’s the business of what you call that room that could be The Drawing Room, The Sitting-Room, The Front Room, The Parlour … basically the room where you receive visitors.
And how about The Toilet, The WC, The Lav, The Loo …?
Or those rooms that have their very own names? We’ve had a few of those in our time. My mother seemed to be the one who christened them. There was Narvik in our house in Clonmel, Co, Tipperary. It was an extension with a shower and toilet and it was absolutely freezing. Mother must have been reading a wintery novel set in Norway around that time. Narvik is one of the most northerly towns in the world and seems to be pretty nippy most of the year.
We also had a Steptoe in our house in Drogheda, Co. Louth. This was Dad’s ‘bolt hole’ and was called after the TV Show Steptoe and Son, which was so popular back in the 1970s. Dad always had quite a collection of bits and pieces and the whole array reminded Mother of the scrap merchants on Steptoe and Son that we watched on telly every week.
What kinds of names do you give YOUR rooms?