Circus Slang: Doniker

March 5, 2011
filed under: Fun Facts, History

Circus Toilets

A doniker (or donniker) refers to a toilet or bathroom in circus and carnival slang. A doniker location (or “doniker loke”) refers to a crummy location for a game or setup.

According to goodmagic.com, the term doniker was

Derived from ‘dunnekin,’ in common use among lower-class Britons in the 1700s meaning ‘outhouse.’ Probably derived from ‘dung’ and “-kin”, a suffix referring to a small container or private room (many euphemisms for ‘bathroom’ refer to it as a ‘closet’ or ‘the small room’). In Australian slang today, an outhouse is a “dunny.”

Another possible explanation for the origin of this word is the need to pull down one’s knickers.

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