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86’d
   is carnival lingo for   
Banned from the Carnival Midway
Advance Man
   is carnival lingo for   
The Person Who Arranges the Rights to Play a Certain Town or Fairgrounds
Alibi
   is carnival lingo for   
A Carnival Game That Has Very Little Chance to Win
Baby Q
   is carnival lingo for   
A Type or Model of a Merry-go-round Ride
Back End
   is carnival lingo for   
Rides and Games
Backlot
   is carnival lingo for   
The Area Behind the Midway Where the Carnies Keep Vehicles and Living Quarters
Billboard
   is carnival lingo for   
Trade Magazine for Carnival Owners
Now called “Amusement Business” or “AB”
Blow
   is carnival lingo for   
An Item of Stock Given Away in Order to Attract More Customers
Call
   is carnival lingo for   
A Carney’s Sales Pitch to Get Customers, or Marks, Into His Joint
Carnie
   is carnival lingo for   
A Person Who Works in a Carnival
Cook Shack
   is carnival lingo for   
A Food Joint Where Carnies Eat
Corn Game
   is carnival lingo for   
A Bingo Game
In the old days, corn was used to cover each number
Cut
   is carnival lingo for   
The Amount, Usually a Percentage, Paid by a Concession to the Boss
Doniker Joint
   is carnival lingo for   
A Bad Location for a Joint Away from the Flow of the Crowd
Doniker
   is carnival lingo for   
Toilet
Double
   is carnival lingo for   
A $20 Bill
Draw
   is carnival lingo for   
Money Provided to a Carney by the Office Before It is Earned
Ely #7
   is carnival lingo for   
A Type or Model of a Ferris Wheel
Fin
   is carnival lingo for   
A $5 Bill
Flash
   is carnival lingo for   
A Prize, Usually Hung in a Joint, to Attract Customers or Marks
Flat Store
   is carnival lingo for   
A Carnival Game That Cannot Be Won by a Mark
Front End
   is carnival lingo for   
Concessions and Office
Front
   is carnival lingo for   
The Length, in Feet, of a Joint Along the Midway
Geek
   is carnival lingo for   
Sideshow Performer That Bit the Head off a Chicken
Geeks were considered the lowest of the low among carneys
Gibtown
   is carnival lingo for   
Gibsontown, FL Where Many Carnival People Locate Their Winter Quarters
Girl Show
   is carnival lingo for   
A Midway Attraction Featuring Dancing Girls
Not so popular anymore, since the rise of strip clubs
G Note
   is carnival lingo for   
A $1000 Bill
Grab Joint
   is carnival lingo for   
A Concession Where Food is Served Directly over the Counter
The popcorn wagon or cotton candy stand
Grip
   is carnival lingo for   
A Wad of Money
Gypsy
   is carnival lingo for   
Usually, an Illegitimate Operator
It can also mean a person who jumps from show to show for work
Hanky Pank
   is carnival lingo for   
A Game Where You Win a Prize Every Time You Play
Headliner
   is carnival lingo for   
A Large Carnival Attraction That Draws a Crowd
Joint
   is carnival lingo for   
A Concession or Game Located in a Trailer or Tent
Jump
   is carnival lingo for   
Moving the Show from One Town to the Next
Kid Ride
   is carnival lingo for   
A Carnival Ride Designed for Small Children
Kizzarney
   is carnival lingo for   
An Outdated Carney Language Similar to ‘pig Latin’
Seldom used since the Depression Era
Kootch
   is carnival lingo for   
A Performer in a Girlie Show
Hootchie Kootchie girls often incited fights among rubes and marks
Lay Down
   is carnival lingo for   
The Counter in Front of a Joint Where Marks Play the Game
Lot Lice
   is carnival lingo for   
People Who Visit the Midway but Do Not Spend Money
Lot Lizard
   is carnival lingo for   
A Woman Who “sleeps Around” on the Midway
Lot Man
   is carnival lingo for   
A Carney Who Marks the Spot Where Rides Will Be Set up
The Man
   is carnival lingo for   
Any Person of Authority
Mark
   is carnival lingo for   
A Civilian or Townsperson Visiting the Carnival
Midway
   is carnival lingo for   
The Location of the Carnival Rides, Concessions, and Shows
Nut
   is carnival lingo for   
Operating Expenses of a Show or Joint Owners
To "make your nut" is to break even, anything beyond that is profit (or tip). The nut can also refer to the sum total (in cash) taken or gross profit.
Office
   is carnival lingo for   
A Trailer from Which the Carnival Owner Runs His Business
Pitch Game
   is carnival lingo for   
A Joint That Sells Merchandise Instead of Offering Prizes
Plaster
   is carnival lingo for   
Cheap Prizes
Plush
   is carnival lingo for   
A Stuffed Animal Given As a Prize in a Game
A soft, furry teddybear
Possum Belly
   is carnival lingo for   
Compartments Under a Semi Truck Trailer Used to Haul Cargo
Punk
   is carnival lingo for   
An Immature Young Person
Also refers to a sexual pervert
Rag
   is carnival lingo for   
Cheap Stock, Usually a Stuffed Animal Made from Plain Material
Also called ‘slum’ or ‘plaster’
Ride Jockey
   is carnival lingo for   
A Carnival Ride Operator
Route
   is carnival lingo for   
The Itinerary of Towns to Be Played for the Season
Rube
   is carnival lingo for   
A Pejorative Term for a Carnival Customer
The cry, “Hey, Rube,” is a signal to help a fellow carney in a fight
Sawbuck
   is carnival lingo for   
A $10 Bill
Schlow (slough)
   is carnival lingo for   
To Take Down or Tear Down the Show
Pronounced like “Ow! I hurt my finger!”
Shill
   is carnival lingo for   
A Person Who Pretends to Play a Game As an Enticement to Others
Sidewall
   is carnival lingo for   
A Wall of Canvas That Hangs Just Below the Top of a Joint
Single O
   is carnival lingo for   
A Dollar Bill
Also refers to a show that has a single attraction
Slum
   is carnival lingo for   
Cheap, Inexpensive Prizes Used in a Game
Spot
   is carnival lingo for   
The Location of a Carnival
That was the best ‘spot’ we played all year
Swing
   is carnival lingo for   
To Steal Money from the Owner/boss
Top Man
   is carnival lingo for   
A Carney Who, when Setting up a Ride, Positions Himself High in the Air
Tub
   is carnival lingo for   
The Passenger Compartment on a Thrill Ride
Turn the Tip
   is carnival lingo for   
To Attract a Good Crowd
Winter Quarters
   is carnival lingo for   
The Town Where the Show Locates in the off Season
Yard
   is carnival lingo for   
A $100 Bill


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