Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 11:01:21 -0800
From: "Joseph B. Monda" monda[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SEATTLEU.EDU
Subject: Re: jakes
On Thu, 16 Feb 1995, Bruce Gelder wrote:
Is anyone familiar with the use of the term "jakes" (or "jake" or "jake
house") to mean a privy or a toilet? The OED has it from c1530 on, but
almost all of DARE's contemporary evidence for it comes from Roman Catholic
clergymen! Is it more widespread than that? If you know it, please tell me
where and when you heard it. Thanks.
As a kid attending a boarding school, i heard the expression "jakes" used
to refer to the john.
That goes back to 1942-4. My father was also familiar with the term and
used it. I suspect he got it from the same kind of source. He was born
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