Date: Tue, 14 Feb 1995 15:58:36 CST From: Joan Hall Subject: Re: jakes 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. Joan Hall, DARE