Date: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 16:04:24 CDT
From: Randy Roberts robertsr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]EXT.MISSOURI.EDU
Joan: I have no personal knowledge of jakes = privy. I would mention
several "modern" uses. E. H. Babbitt, "College Words and Phrases"
Dialect Notes, II, Part I, 1900. Jake = water closet for men.
Time, 22 April 1957, page 116. Jakes is used twice within a review
of The Feast of Lupercal by Brian Moore. ". . . the writing is on
the jakes wall for . . . "
Esquire, December 1977, page 134. ". . . to the basement lavatory
(where, it turns out, the jakes are placed in stalls that lack doors,
open with primitive simplicity to the airs) . . . "
robertsr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ext.missouri.edu