Is "Johnny-on-the-spot" a common nickname for a portable toilet throughout the US, or it it just a regionalism?
In St. Louis, by far the most common provider of portable toilets was called Johnny On The Spot
, and in the area, the name was used for any portable toilet, perhaps as a genericized trademark. My wife and I are both originally from St. Louis, now living in the SF Bay Area, and we were recently talking about one such toilet, referring to it as a "Johnny-on-the-spot." Soon after, I realized that the term might be a regionalism. So, I'd figure I'd ask about it here lest I make a fool of myself in the future when referring to porta potties by a silly name.
Searching for the term on Google comes up with quite a few portable toilet companies across the country with the name "Johnny on the Spot" (examples 1, 2, 3
), but looking it up on Urban Dictionary
shows a lots of thumbs down for the toilet definition.
So, is this just a St. Louis thing, or is it more universal? Or is the term used in certain pockets in the US? Or is the term not even universal in St. Louis? It sure seemed that way when I lived there.