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    Default What is the politically correct term for pooping?

    Like, for peeing the term would be "urinating". What would it be for pooping?

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    having a BM.

    duh. ;D

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    Defecation presents a rather interesting tic in linguistics, in which we appear unable to coin a term that isn't purely medical ("having a bowel movement", "defecating"), childish ("pooing" "pooping"), euphemistic ("going to the bathroom") or crude ("crapping", "shitting"). There isn't a common, everyday term for it. It's a process that has actively resisted a "regular" term (pun unintended).
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    ^Yeah, that's what I was gonna say.

    It's funny how even "defecating" carries some pretty rude connotations with it. There's just no way to announce that you're going to do "twosies" without it raising a few eyebrows.

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    I was thinking of this yesterday. Dane Cook is being sued/possibly evicted by his landlord because his dog shits in public areas and Dane doesn't clean it up (allegedly). I was watching TMZ and they were reading some testimony from the trial....and everyone is saying, "poo," "pooing," etc. I was fairly amused because, hey, it's court and all these witnesses and experts are saying "poo." All I could think was, "there HAS to be something better they could say."

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    Feces! They could just say feces! Ahhh!

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    In almost all cases I say 'I am going to use the restroom' or 'I need to use the restroom'. If I don't say that then I proclaim 'I AM TAKING A SHIT!'.

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    What Pilz said...


    A simple "I'm off to the toilet" suffices.
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    Even though the term isn't used wholly for faeces, 'excreting' is fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Even though the term isn't used wholly for faeces, 'excreting' is fine.
    Actually, excretion only refers to urine. Excretion = urinary system. Elimination = digestive system. Sorry, I'm a nerd.

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