Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 19:07:21 -0500 From: Beverly Flanigan Subject: Re: Poker; Jew; Pimp; White House; Java; Johnny Cake; Salt River; at al. 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?)?