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garden house n

[Also Engl dial; OED garden-house 1. b 1886]chiefly Middle AtlanticSee Map

A privy.

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  • 1899 (1912) Green VA Folk-Speech 191, Garden house. . . A privy, as they are usually built in a garden of a country-house.
  • 1946 PADS 5.23 VA, Garden house. . . A privy; common everywhere except the southern part of the Piedmont.
  • 1948 AN&Q 8.172 VA, I remember seeing an old Negro . . clean a privy on my aunt’s farm. He told me he was “movin’ de honey from de garden house.”
  • 1949 Kurath Word Geog. 53, Garden house, in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.
  • 1954 PADS 21.28 SC, Garden house.
  • 1956 McAtee Some Dialect NC 18, Garden house.
  • 1965–70 DARE
    Qu. M21b, Joking names
    13 Infs, chiefly Mid Atl, Garden house; NC21, Little garden house;
    Qu. M21a, An outside toilet building
    Infs MD22, NC41, 87, SC39, VA33, 70, Garden house.
  • 1970 DARE FW Addit nwMD, Garden house.
  • 1984 Wilder You All Spoken Here 176 Sth, Gardenhouse lilies: Day lilies. Often planted about privies.
  • 1986 Pederson LAGS Concordance (Privy) 3 infs, nTN, c, cwGA, Garden house; 1 inf, ceTN, Garden house—grandmother’s term; 1 inf, cGA, Garden house—would be a nice name for it; 1 inf, neTX, Garden house—polite; more delicate term.
garden house + var (Qq. M21a, b)