If you say pottie to me, I think of something for a small child. Something like [...]In BE chamber pot is correct but not many people I know use the expression. It would be more normal to talk of a pottie.
Not in BE, Brioche, in my experience. Certainly children have potties, but its the word often used for the adult article too.If you say pottie to me, I think of something for a small child. Something like [...]
For me, it is a childish word for an object used by a child.
Your objections made me wonder for a second if this was a family matter, but websites like this suggest that the usage is general.May be it is regional, or may be things have changed since we left UK.
You can say this again.Silver, I'm familiar with the arrangement that you mentioned, and I'm also familiar with Chinese-style chamber pots (these are made of enamel, and are taller than Western style chamber pots) - sometimes kept under the bed if someone doesn't want to go to the toilet in the middle of the night. We used to see them in coffee shops long ago, when they were used as spittoons, but this practice has since been deemed unhygienic. In my old flat, I used an old chamber pot as a flower pot!
Whether you will need to explain the term will depend on who your audience is. If you have an educated adult audience, I think it would be safe to use the term 'chamber pot' without further explanation.
I think that was a bad choice of website, TT. It seems to be a Dutch site. I also think that a potty is used by a child and a chamber pot is something which is now used as an ornament. I can remember when I was very small staying in a Bed & Breakfast or small hotel which had a chamber pot under the bed. I also remember my parents calling a chamber pot a guzunder - because it goes under the bed.
Out of all these names for a chamber pot, which one is used most often in your neck of the woods?
a jerry, a Jordan, a po, a gazunder, a piss pot, a potty, or a thunder pot
Are there any other names for this device?
Here at the Veterans' Home we call them urinals. They're plastic bottles with a flip-top you thumb open.Except to describe antiques, I've never heard of a chamber pot.
There is a portable urinal that is used primarily by small plane pilots (but also by hunters in tree stands). It has a screw cap (a good idea), but it is also dishwasher safe (a questionable idea).
There are several manufacturers of this sort of thing. "Little John" is the most common. Google: "Little John portable urinal"
These plastic "chamber pots" (we call them "portable urinals" in the USA) are a staple in the small aircraft industry. Very small planes rarely have rest rooms.Each floor here has a special little room for dumping and rinsing them. The smell really clears your sinuses. There's a womens' section here--Section H, affectionately known as the Henhouse. They must have to fall back on the old-fashioned chamberpots, as the opening on our urinals I'm sure would not accommodate them.