I'm just want to share what happened in my conversation class today. My students were asked to present a conversation based on "Shopping topic". They were divided into groups of three. They could choose what kind of shop as long as there were one shopkeeper and two customers. One of the groups chose a "Perfume Shop". The shopkeeper of the group brought some samples and bottles of perfumes. (I just found out that his father has a perfume shop in KL). The other two played the customer's role.
Their conversation went like this:
Shopkeeper: Welcome to our "Nice Smell" sir. What can I do for you?
Customer 1: Hmmm. I want to buy a perfume. What do you have?
SK : We have many types and brands sir. What do you like?
Customer 1: Do you have POLO?
SK : Yes. Do you want the old or new one?
Customer 2: I want to buy one too!
SK : Of course. What do you like?
Customer 2: Like my friend. POLO.
SK : Okay. Here are POLO perfumes, Toilet.
(Suddenly he stopped the conversation because he had to ask me, "Teacher, this TOILET?)
Me : Well, yes but it has other meaning.
(Then, I spent a good 10 minutes to explain the difference between Eau DeToilette and Eau De Parfum)
They continued with their conversation after I finished my explanation. )
DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THOSE TWO? WHY IS IT CALLED AS TOILETTE?
Parfum (French) or Perfume (English): may contain 10-25%, even 50%, active ingredients.
Eau de Parfum ( French )or eau de perfume (Franglais): may contain 7 to 15%.
Eau de toilette (French), also called toilet water, cologne, or eau de cologne, usually contains about 1–6% concentrates.
Eau de Cologne has also been called less concentrated than eau de toilete.
Splash (also called eau de toilette splash) and aftershaves usually contain 0.5 to 2%."
You can see why there can be a misunderstanding when the name TOILET WATER does exist but it refers to totally different thing. The common meaning is what we know can be stinky BUT another one has a nice smell and can be expensive. :D