One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for Laundromat
- ‘This will happen in Fort Worth, the city that gave you Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, not to overlook the ice cream drumstick and washeteria.’
- ‘Too tired, too busy, too lazy to pile everything into bags and heave it round the corner to the washeteria, I admit I've been living with a permanent laundry crisis for the last month.’
- ‘Binoculars resting on a sill aren't used to peep at neighbors but to see if the door to the washeteria - the only building with running water - is open.’
1950s: from wash, on the pattern of cafeteria.
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