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Laundromat

Posted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:10 am
by Stevenloan
- Hi everybody! A laundromat means "the name of a place where the public may wash and dry their clothes in machines that operate when coins are put in them". In my city, laundromats do not accept coins, they accept cash. They also offer clothes ironing service. Do you call it "a laundromat", too?

Your answers will be greatly appreciated.

StevenLoan

Re: Laundromat

Posted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:30 am
by Erik_Kowal
By 'cash', do you mean just banknotes/bills/paper currency?

I think that for most native speakers of English, the concept of 'cash' covers both banknotes and coins.

Re: Laundromat

Posted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:57 pm
by trolley
A laundromat (or laundrette) is a place where customers go to launder clothes themselves. The customer does all the work...loading the washers, swapping the clothes over to the dryer and folding. They are just paying for the use of the equipment. It's been many years since I used a laundromat , but at that time it was only 25 cents and the machines were coin-operated. It must cost a couple of bucks a load, now and I'd imagine that (like most newer vending machines) the machines take bills and credit cards. A place where you go and drop off your clothes (or call and have them picked up) to be cleaned is called a "laundry service". They take your dirty clothes and return them cleaned, pressed and folded.

Re: Laundromat

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:40 am
by Stevenloan
Erik: Thanks so much for your answer. What I mean by "cash" is "paper currency". trolley : Thanks very much for your answer.

StevenLoan

Re: Laundromat

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:34 am
by Erik_Kowal
Steven, the definition for laundromat that you quoted which refers to them being coin-operated is in need of updating to reflect the other ways to pay that exist today.

The fundamental element defining what a laundromat is is that it offers self-service instead of full service by staff -- though there is often a person employed by the laundromat operators who supervises the use of the equipment.

Re: Laundromat

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:07 pm
by BonnieL
trolley wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:57 pm
A place where you go and drop off your clothes (or call and have them picked up) to be cleaned is called a "laundry service". They take your dirty clothes and return them cleaned, pressed and folded.
We have just one laundromat in our small town; besides the coin-operated machines they also offer laundry service. When our washer was on the fritz I was going there pretty regularly. It was summer so I'd often sit outside & read. For some reason, there was often a drunk there at the same time who wanted to strike up a conversation with me. Don't know why I attract these oddballs. :roll:

Re: Laundromat

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:48 am
by Stevenloan
Erik, trolley and BonnieL : Thank you very much for your answers.

StevenLoan