I am editing a piece of work for a UK writer who is writing for the U.S audience.
He has used the word 'toilet' and I am thinking this should be something else? Water Closet? Bathroom? What else is used, as 'toilet' seems like a UK word? or is that ok? What about 'public toilet' is that called something else?
Other words I am wondering about are: debit/credit card ATM machine hand wash (sanitizer?)
and the spelling of 'faecal' - is it that way or is it 'fecal'?
I would use "hand sanitizer" not Purell. Purell is a brand name.
"Bathroom" if in a home; "restroom" if in an office building, airport, etc. "Restroom" would not be used for a home. "Toilet" is never used to refer to the whole room, but only to the actual porcelain fixture (and only if absolutely necessary, as in "the toilet is overflowing").
Also, one slang term would be "john," referring to the whole room: "He's still in the john." It would be considered very informal but not necessarily rude. You might say it among friends, but you would not ask your mother-in-law to be, when going to her house for the first time, "Where is the john?"
Another slang term is "head," from marine/naval usage. Again very informal, but not rude.
Yes, "powder room." This is most commonly used to refer to a "half-bath" in a private home, which somewhat oddly means a room with just a toilet and sink (note Americans do not say "basin") and no bathtub. But some people use the term as what I suppose they think is a more polite way to refer to "going to the bathroom" as in "I need the powder room."
We Americans can be a bit precious about our bodily functions. BTW, some older Southerners avoid "toilet" even for the porcelain item; they call it a "commode."
So, in this not my article, I have edited it using 'hand sanitizer' and 'public restroom', and used 'fecal' as the spelling for shit. It's in the context of an article about germs. Ver, ver interesting.
There's an advert on atm for a store that has a testing area for beds to find out your preference for soft/firm mattress and they call it the Comfort Station. Always makes me because when I was in Florida I heard the 'bathroom' being referred to as the comfort station.