jakes


jakes
   a lavatory
   Just as you visit the John1 in modern
   America, so in the past you visited Jake's place.
   Dr Johnson's examples from Shakespeare, Swift, and Dryden are all lavatorial, although he defines the word as 'a house of office', using another euphemism:
    I will... daub the walls of a jakes with him. (Shakespeare, King Lear)
   Wits in the 18th and 19th centuries used Ajax, punning on the King of Salamis. In modern Irish English, it has been corrupted to jacks:
    He'd gone to the jacks. It was the only thing that ever made him hurry. (R. Doyle, 1996)

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  • Jakes — may refer to:* Jakes (toilet), a type of toilet in a small structure separate from the main building which does not have a flush or sewer attached * Jakes Mulholland (20th century), American soccer playerPeople with the surname Jakes:* John Jakes …   Wikipedia

  • Jakeš — Jakes oder Jakeš ist der Familienname folgender Personen: James Jakes (* 1987), britischer Rennfahrer John Jakes (* 1932), US amerikanischer Schriftsteller Milouš Jakeš (* 1922), tschechoslowakischer Politiker …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Jakes — oder Jakeš ist der Familienname folgender Personen: James Jakes (* 1987), britischer Rennfahrer John Jakes (* 1932), US amerikanischer Schriftsteller Milouš Jakeš (* 1922), tschechoslowakischer Politiker Diese Seite i …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Jakes — Jakes, n. [Prob. fr. F. Jacques, the proper name. See 2d {Jack}.] A privy. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jakes — a privy, mid 15c., genitive singular of JACK (Cf. jack) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • jakes — [jāks] n. [< Jacques (see JACK): cf. JOHN1] Now Chiefly Dial. an outdoor toilet; privy …   English World dictionary

  • Jakeš — 44° 59′ 00″ N 18° 16′ 42″ E / 44.9833, 18.2783 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • jakes — noun A privy or latrine whereas the truth finder, having raked out that jakes, his own mind, and being there capable of tracing no ray of divinity, nor anything virtuous or good, or lovely, or loving, very fairly, honestly, and logically… …   Wiktionary

  • jakes — Police. Watch out for the jakes …   Dictionary of american slang

  • jakes — Police. Watch out for the jakes …   Dictionary of american slang


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