Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 11:01:21 -0800 From: "Joseph B. Monda" 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 in1901. Joseph B. Monda email: monda[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] smail: English Department Seattle University Seattle WA 98122 (206) 325-3005