Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 19:07:21 -0500
From: Beverly Flanigan FLANIGAN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Subject: Re: Poker; Jew; Pimp; White House; Java; Johnny Cake; Salt River; at
On journey cake: If the term originated in New England, it would be
pronounced r-less, hence folk-shifted to "johnny." Since Philadelphia
was r-pronouncing, the newspaper doesn't see (or jokingly pretends not
to see?) that the new term has nothing to do with a man's name. DARE
must have this explanation, but I don't have it at hand.
On Bosting: I would assume this is a hypercorrection on the
assumption that "Boston" was originally an -ing-ending word pronounced
-in' by the locals. But would 'Bosting' really have been a folk
pronunciation, or was the Phila. newspaper again drawing false
conclusions (and even ironically, perhaps?)?