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This was interesting. As a Canadian, I'm not sure how I got such a mixture of US regional variations. Let's see, grew up in Ontario ... Yankee? Lived for years in Winnipeg ... midwestern? General 'American' ... tv, or just the result of anglos sharing the same continent? Dixie? Well, I have a theory about that. I think, actually, that linguistically there are links between the south and the French language dating from when 'Angeline' and her people were transported to Louisiana, to become the Cajuns (derivative of Canadian), and those same linguistic and cultural roots are part of our Canadian heritage as a bilingual nation. Just out of curiousity, does anyone else call corn bread, 'Johnny cake'? Took me years to figure out why we do that. It's 'jaune' cake or yellow cake, 'jaune' being French for 'yellow', so an anglicizing of a French term to describe the cornmeal bread. We baked it as a cake and ate it with maple syrup. My father's family come from the border between Quebec and Ontario, so I assume this is a term that became common among the English in that area because of the mix of language and culture ... but whether it's a broader term, I have no idea. Fiddle playing, of the kind so popular in Cajun country, is also very popular in the Quebec folk culture. There are lots of examples like that of cultural 'sharing' or 'mixing' between Dixieland and Francophone Canada. What's odd is that there are as many French heritage people in the northeastern US as across the border in Canada, but I've not seen as much evidence of this shared cultural heritage in the north.

Your Linguistic Profile:

65% General American English

20% Yankee

5% Dixie

5% Midwestern

5% Upper Midwestern


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Apr. 14th, 2006 08:08 am (UTC)
'Johnny cake'
It's 'jaune' cake or yellow cake, 'jaune' being French for 'yellow',
I like that.

I have also heard it refered to as "journey cake" because it keeps well and is easily made while traveling.
The Grumpy Guy being from Louisianna refers to any corn bread that is sweetened and not cooked in a cast iron skillet as corn cake and won't eat it.
Thankfully that's the way I learned to make it as a child in my Granny's kitchen.
Try the slanguage quiz I got 50% prison slang ...my Mom would be so proud.
Apr. 14th, 2006 08:21 am (UTC)
Re: 'Johnny cake'
Journey cake. That's really interesting. It could still be a derivation of 'jaune' but modified somewhere along the line to 'make sense' of the name. I love the stuff, to tell you the truth. Maybe send me your Grandmother's recipe by email? I daren't eat it often, but it's a wonderful treat and perfect comfort food!
Apr. 14th, 2006 08:29 am (UTC)
Re: 'Johnny cake'
You got it.I have to write it down and measure some ingredients a pinch or a hand measure doesn't help much when sharing recipes. :)
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