Date: Sun, 4 Jan 1998 19:46:07 -0500

From: Gregory {Greg} Downing downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IS2.NYU.EDU

Subject: Re: throwed rolls

At 07:08 PM 1/4/98 EST, you wrote:

As we drove east on Interstate 10, from Mississippi toward Pensacola

FL, we saw several billboards touting the "throwed rolls" at a


Is anyone here familiar with "throwed rolls"?


beth simon

assistant professor, linguistics and english

department of english and linguistics

indiana university purdue university

Can't say as I have, but from the sound of it they may possibly (???) be a

relative of "beaten biscuits," which are so called because they are made

without yeast: just flour, salt, sugar, and lard (with some variations).

BB's are instead lightened by beating the dough with a mallet or hammer for

as long as 20-30 minutes. "Beaten biscuits" is a midlands/southern term, and

for some reason is especially associated with Maryland; sometimes they are

called "Maryland beaten biscuits." People in Maryland think of them as a

typically regional food from the "olden days." DARE has a distribution-map

for "beaten biscuits."

On I-10 by the way: I'm told it is thought by some to be the closest

"Interstate" equivalent to the old cross-the-USA Route 66. I-10 runs from

Jacksonville to LA, I think. So I'd imagine one sees plenty from I-10. Of

course there's also 40 that runs from NC to CA, 80 that runs from NY to SF,

90 that runs from MA to WA, etc. But 10 is the southernmost cross-country route.

Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]