It's the closet where the porcelain object is to be found. In BE, toilet usually refers to the room (and only in certain contexts might it refer to the object), while in AE it (nearly) always refers to the porcelain object.In the US "bathroom" is the common term for the room, and "go to the bathroom" is the common expression for "use the toilet".
If a sentence needs to talk about the toilet (not the sink or other things in the room) the word "toilet" is used".
Does "WC" mean the toilet or the room?
In BrE, it could be either, but usually it would be the room; the "C" stands for "closet", after all (the only reasonably common use of "closet" in BrE). "Toilet" itself is probably used more often for the room than the thing in the room.Does "WC" mean the toilet or the room?
Indeed. It was very common in the UK that the porcelain item was in a small "room" - closet-sized and not in the same room as the bath or sink.I have lived in older houses where the toilet sat in its own small room, and the bath tub had its own room.
In the derelict row house I lived in in London in the 1980s, the toilet was in a tiny room on the landing and the bath tub was in a lean to pantry addition to the kitchen to tie into the only hot water source from the on demand wall heater or "geyser". The house has since been completely renovated.
In that situation the toilet really was a closet, though we didn't call it that. And the bath was nowhere near the toilet! So some of these words make sense in older configurations.
Thanks for your answer.As entangledbank says, it may be used on plans, but I have rarely seen or heard it elsewhere on the UK.
Thanks for your reply.As entangledbank says, it may be used on plans, but I have rarely seen or heard it elsewhere on the UK.