Toilets – Why are they sometimes referred to as ‘The Crapper’ ?

Lets start with the ins and outs of the toilet, and why are toilets sometimes referred to as the crapper?


A toilet is not just a toilet, it’s a life-saver, it provides our homes and society with sanitation and helps prevent the spread germs and disease.

When we enter our bathrooms we don’t normally think about what the back of the toilet is connected too?       Well it’s the sewer!


The pipe that connects the toilet to the sewer allows waste to be flushed away, but it also allows odours from the sewer to waft back into your bathroom.

But why don’t the bad odours of the sewer enter our bathrooms?   For this we owe thanks to the invention of the S-Bend and then the more improved design the U-Bend.


The U-Bend acts as an airtight seal where water settles in the dip of the ‘U’ Bend which is installed in-between the toilet and the sewer, preventing odours from coming up from the sewer into your bathroom; and with every flush the U-Bend replenishes with fresh clean water.


Now back to the question, why are toilets referred to as The Crapper?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

‘Thomas Crapper (died 27 January 1910) was an English businessman and plumber. He founded Thomas Crapper & Co in London, a sanitary equipment company. Crapper held nine patents, three of them for water closet improvements such as the floating Ballcock. He improved the S-bend plumbing trap in 1880 by inventing the U– Bend.’



Toilet Trivia

The toilets in England during World War 1 were predominately made by the company – Thomas Crapper & Co Ltd. The toilets displayed the company logo ‘Thomas Crapper & Co Ltd’.


The US soldiers stationed in England at the time started referring to the toilet as “the Crapper” and brought that slang term back with them to the states. The slang word for toilet became more widely taken up and still being used today.


That is why toilets are sometimes referred to as  ‘The Crapper’ .