Life Was Harder on the Outside

stevebohnstedt

Quincy, United States

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Upon arriving at yet another town, a crew unloads sections of a carnival ride.

Carnival jargon

Carny or Carnie is a slang term for a carnival employee, as well as the language they use. A carny is anyone who runs a “joint” (booth) food stand, game, or ride at the carnival.

Call – The act of yelling out slogans and interacting with passers-by to attract business.
Greenies – Employees hired at a new location that are only temporary.
Lot “Lizard” – Describes a carnie (usually female) who has multiple sexual partners, or one who tends to “sleep-around” or cheat with other carnies on the lot.
Mark – A target for swindling, especially ones whose gullibility has been demonstrated. Derived from the covert use of chalk to mark the backs of especially ripe targets.
Midway – Center strip of the carnival where the games or rides are located.
Ride jock – Someone who operates the carnival rides.
Townie – Any local person “towns-person” working city or county owned concessions at a fairground.

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