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garden house n  [Also Engl dial; OED garden-house 1. b 1886] chiefly Mid Atl See Map A privy.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. 1971 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.


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