It's as safe as houses (perfectly certain) that you know the meaning of playhouse and opera house, jailhouse and outhouse, greenhouse and whorehouse, and maybe there's even someone in the house who can list such varieties of doss house as the scratch house and the flea house. But can you define each of these listed below? Some are easy -- and for others you will have to look up the definitions freely given, on the house, in Answers and Solutions at the end of this issue.
Ashley, Leonard R. N.
"Slang Around the House,"
Word Ways: Vol. 8
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol8/iss3/8