Gardyloo

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From these windows, servants in medieval Scotland would often yell

“gardyloo”.

to warn passers-by of waste from the chamber pots about to be thrown from a window into the street below.

Considering that during the day, passersby would then know to step out-of-the-way of the falling debris.  However, considering that the water during those times was not the beverage of the day and by nightfall most Scots were well inebriated, another term that we all know today became defined – Shit-faced drunk, when instead of stepping aside when they heard “gardyloo”, they would look up!

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