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Hello Toilet, Goodbye WC for Beijing Games 
    2007-06-12 09:34:53     CRIENGLISH.com
Beijing's battle to standardize and correct English-language signs ahead of the 2008 Olympics has claimed another head"WC".

China Daily reports that, by the end of this year, all public conveniences in the city will be called "toilets" instead of the venerable, Victorian-era sounding abbreviation for "water closet".

The article believes that Western countries don't use the term WC at all, because in English, it says, it's quite a crude slang term.

This latest change, however, aroused the doubts by some citizens, who believe the change unworthy of all the troubles taken.

But the majority has demonstrated support for the movements, saying the 2008 Games provide a golden opportunity for Chinese culture to reach out to the rest of the world.

Therefore, standardizing English signs according to international practices at all public places is a necessary move, helping to avoid unnecessary misunderstandings. Most people believe such changes will help promote the country's image in the minds of foreign visitors. 


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