Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Shoofly Doesn't Bother Me At All

I was looking over a sheet of vintage toy graphics and the page title was "Rocking Horses and Shooflies".  What? Shoofly is either a way of saying 'go away bugs' or it's a type of pie.  Nothing to do with toys.  Well, silly me.  Turns out shooflies are rockers with a seat placed between two pieces of wood that have been cut and painted to look like animals. Animals with rockers on the bottom, natch.  So then I wondered if shoofly pie was related.  Webster's says it's a "rich pie of Pennsylvania Dutch origin made of molasses or brown sugar sprinkled with a crumbly mixture of flour, sugar, and butter".  Yum.  No animals, painted or otherwise, involved.  We just have the oddest language.  Ain't it fun?

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