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May 31, 2011 5:34 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
I was puzzled by all of the references to "travellers" in the media because I thought the correct spelling was "travelers." Turns out that's only the correct spelling in the United States. In the UK, Canada, and Australia, the correct spelling is "travellers."

One of the things that struck me about the program last night was the disappointment one young engaged couple experienced when they were shopping for a trailer to serve as their new home and couldn't find one without a "commode." Evidently, they don't believe in indoor toilets, saying it's unsanitary (I think they used the words "filthy" and "disgusting") to have a toilet located anywhere near a kitchen. It sounds bizarre -- but logical, I suppose.

I remember that my grandmother always built an outhouse whenever we moved to a home with indoor facilities in Korea and Japan. My mother never used the outhouse, but my sisters and I had to. I still don't know whether my grandmother was guided by the same line of reasoning as the gypsies or she had been urged to keep us out of my mother's bathroom.

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