Tuesday Twigs: The Sploots

I was talking to my uncle this weekend and sharing the importance of documenting family stories and lore when he recalled an anecdote that piqued his interest about our Dutch roots.

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photo courtesy of Petr Kratochvil

He was traveling in Amsterdam and while using the restroom, happened to see above the toilet, a sign that sounded to him like ‘sploots’-something.  Now in our family, we use the word ‘sploots’ to signify diarrhea, as in ‘having the sploots’.

I looked up Dutch toilet words and ‘lossloopplaats ‘ came up with picture of a dog sitting on a bucket (sorry the pic was copyrighted otherwise it would have been cute to post!), and a translation of ‘sloopplaats’ as ‘on the demolition’.

Not knowing the exact wording, or what my Dutch grands would have said, it does make a bit of sense that a word having something to do with toilets and demolition could be used as a pet term for diarrhea.  Also the evolution of the word over the years from ‘sloopplaats’ to ‘sploots’ is plausible as well.

I don’t know if anyone else uses this term, if it is indeed from a Dutch background, or it has been completely made up by my twisted family, but now I have the story out and documented for posterity.  Thanks Uncle!

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