Gardyloo

Gardyloo! Outdated behavior often causes words to disappear. Gardyloo, for instance, was the warning cry in Edinburgh, when someone was about to throw slops from the window into the street! Johnathan Yeager wrote, “One never knew the moment when the warning cry ‘Gardyloo’… might ring out, following which would come in quick succession an avalanche of unmentionable filth on to the footpath – or the passer-by.” Times have sure changed, today when we list rural homes we always find out how the refuse is disposed of. You don’t want to find out too late that the only way to get rid of refuse is to carry it to the local dump or Gardyloo!