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Old 08-04-2019, 06:28 PM
 
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I'm not sure why I suddenly remembered this, but it was something I used to hear my teachers say in elementary school in the 60s. Why did they call them wraps and not coats or jackets? Neither my parents nor my friends used this term, but most teachers did.

When I started teaching in the late 70s, I don't remember anyone calling them wraps, but perhaps a few older teachers still did. I can imagine what would happen today if a teacher used this word.

Does anyone else remember being told to "hang up your wraps" or "get your wraps?"


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I sure do. I began first grade in 1956. Our classrooms had a special area where we could hang our wraps. It was called the cloak room. It's funny how we remember different things.
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Yes! I went to school in New York state in the 1950s. I went to a small two-room schoolhouse for kindergarten and first grade. That is exactly what the teachers said. We also had a 'cloak room'. It ran behind both classrooms, and was a fairly sizable room. It had coat hooks along one wall, shelves for storage along another, and a full length mirror. When someone misbehaved, they were sent to the cloak room to sit on a little wooden chair for time out. It was terrific! No one ever came to check on you. You could try on everybody's clothes, and model them before the mirror.
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:38 AM
 
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I remember my teachers saying that too. I was in elementary school in the 60's.

The principal was also the 4th grade teacher and she rang a big school bell to call the kids in from recess.
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Yes, I remember the teachers saying that in the 60ís. I always say go use the wash room. The kids looked at me strangely.


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Great responses!

Crazy4catz, are you in Canada? When we're in Canadian restaurants, wash room is the term we hear, but it doesn't seem to be a common expression in the U.S.

During my years as a regular teacher, everyone called it the lavatory. Now that I'm retired and subbing in other districts, the only term I hear is bathroom.
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had a cloak room too, but we never wore cloaks--I'm not THAT old!

But it was a fine place to go for time out--called "have a think." I wasn't adventurous enough to try on the other kids' coats or do what a couple of the boys did: eat other kids' lunches!! The nuns stopped that practice after parents complained that their kids didn't get their lunches.
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Old 08-06-2019, 01:52 PM
 
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When I read this I was confused.
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I always say go use the wash room. The kids looked at me strangely.
Why is this strange? What else would you call it? Yes, I know 'bathroom' but that seems rather blunt and impolite.

Then I read this.
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Crazy4catz, are you in Canada? When we're in Canadian restaurants, wash room is the term we hear, but it doesn't seem to be a common expression in the U.S.
I am Canadian. I didn't know this was a Canadian expression.
I learn something knew every day on PT.
Thanks.

BTW, I have never heard "wraps" except for fancy evening wear.
School kids have coats and boots.
Well actually coats, snowsuits, jackets, sweat shirts etc depending on the season.
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I've heard "washroom" in cities along Highway 401 in Ontario, but perhaps it isn't used everywhere in Canada.
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