That’s “baloney!” Or is it “bologna?” What’s the difference? (One has to do with a legendary politician)

Thinly dressed with yellow mustard and slapped between two slices of white bread, bologna is found in the lunchboxes of many American youth. But what does the cold cut have to do with baloney, a slang word that implies nonsense?

The bologna sausage is traditionally made from the “odds and ends” of chicken, turkey, beef, or pork. It is similar to the Italian mortadella, which originated in the Italian city of Bologna. The inexpensive deli meat is often pronounced and spelled “baloney.”

(Go here to learn the exact meaning of  the word “deli.”)

While Oscar Mayer Americanized bologna, it is enjoyed in different forms throughout the world. In Newfoundland, it is a popular breakfast food called the Newfie Steak. In Britain, it goes by Polony. Polony may be derived from the old name for Poland: Polonia. But like the American word, it may have also come from the Italian city famous for its sausages.

On to baloney: The slang word took off in the 1930s thanks to Alfred E. Smith, who served as the governor of New York four times and was the first Roman Catholic major party nominee to run for President. He frequently used the term “baloney” in reference to Washington bureaucracy.

Incidentally, Governor Smith claimed that as a young man he took his first lessons in the ways of the American populace while working not at a sausage factory, but the Fulton Fish Market in New York, where he earned $12 a week.

It’s also possible that baloney was influenced by blarney, which means “cajolery,” “flattering,” “nonsense,” and “deceptive talk.”

The word comes from the legend of the Blarney Stone. Located in a wall in a castle near Cork, Ireland, the stone is said to turn whoever kisses it into a persuasive flatterer.

Would you believe us if we told you that what we call an “egg” almost had a different name? Learn what it is, and why, right here.

New York Daily News Editorial Writer to Take Helm of Free City Newspaper.

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News September 17, 2003 By James T. Madore, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Sep. 17–A prize-winning editorial writer from the New York Daily News has been hired as the top editor for amNewYork, a free daily newspaper set to debut later this year in New York City.

Alex Storozynski, 42, is expected to take the helm of amNewYork’s newsroom late this month after 7 1/2 years at the Daily News. He was among that paper’s writers of editorials in 1998 about financial mismanagement at the historic Apollo Theatre in Harlem that won a Pulitzer Prize.

In an interview yesterday, Storozynski described joining amNewYork as “a once in a lifetime opportunity” to attempt to get young people to read newspapers. “I want them to find out what’s going on in their world and in their city,” he said.

The tabloid is the latest attempt to reach area youth; the Daily News closed its short-lived Express edition two years ago. AmNewYork has received undisclosed financial backing from Tribune Co., which is the majority owner of a new holding company, Tribune New York Newspaper Holdings LLC. Tribune Co. also owns Newsday, the Los Angeles Times and RedEye, a youth-oriented edition of the Chicago Tribune that debuted last fall. here new york dailys

Storozynski and others characterized amNewYork as providing a quick digest of news, sports, entertainment, features and analysis for harried commuters. “It’s going to be short news stories,” said Storozynski, adding some articles would be written by staff reporters while others will be from The Associated Press. “It’s going to be very big on local content.” Coverage of area news and events would make amNewYork different from giveaway dailies elsewhere, in particular the Metro papers in Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. Those papers largely consist of news briefs and articles of about 200 words from wire services. There is little local content beyond the advertising.

AmNewYork hopes to tweak the Metro model, which has been successful in 16 countries around the globe, in part because the new paper is the brainchild of Russel Pergament, who launched Boston Metro, which includes more local stories than the typical free daily.

“We will have virtually everything you see in a conventional daily, only it will be briefer in amNewYork,” said publisher Pergament, who grew up in Hollis. “We will have some investigative reporting and some editorials when they are warranted,” though it will be nonpartisan. see here new york dailys

The tabloid will have a business and news staff of about 40 people, including two reporters assigned to cover the city. It will average from 24 to 28 pages with about 12 devoted to articles. Copies largely will be distributed in Manhattan by hawkers, called “street promoters,” who will be dressed in red jackets.

Officials at four of the city’s five dailies — The New York Times, Daily News, New York Post and The New York Sun — declined to comment on their new rival.

Journalism experts praised this attempt to reach young people. Paul Levinson, chairman of the mass communication and media studies department at Fordham University, said, “I think kids are better off getting their news from papers like amNewYork than talk radio.” TRB, NYT.A,


  1. Ben -  September 26, 2013 - 5:50 pm

    Fudge i spelled baloney balony lol

  2. Ben -  September 26, 2013 - 5:50 pm

    This is really helpful thank you

  3. camcam -  September 7, 2010 - 3:04 pm

    i heard that it may increase stomach (?) cancer ((idk)), but it was some sort of cancer plz correct me

  4. Robert S. -  September 2, 2010 - 10:57 am

    A lot of hot air, I imagin.

  5. Ann Marie -  September 1, 2010 - 2:53 pm

    That had me and my friend ROFLING
    I reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeealy dont care

  6. melissa -  September 1, 2010 - 1:12 am

    Instead of bologna, it looks like they put up a photo of a slice of salami instead, ha. Not a big deal, of course, I just like to point out details.

  7. Guest -  August 31, 2010 - 1:42 pm

    Technically this should be a Lukewarm Word, since they have already used this as a Hot Word in the past.

  8. Mark V -  August 31, 2010 - 12:08 pm

    I wonder how many relinks to old Hot Word’s they could cram into a post if they really, really tried. ^_^
    Self-referential challenge, go!

  9. BALONEY | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  August 31, 2010 - 11:03 am

    [...] Murdoch is full of it and wants to control information. — BOLOGNA A City, a meat, make haste, no waste — recycled participation. — It’s somewhat [...]

  10. Guest -  August 31, 2010 - 9:50 am

    This was actually a previous Blog of the Day.

  11. #1 Skillet fan -  August 30, 2010 - 12:21 pm

    baloney is full of fat and other parts of beef that cannot be packaged other wise. therefore, it is imposible to know for sure what is in the deli meat. Because of its high saturated fat content, baloney should be limeted to a minimum.

  12. a mixed bag -  August 30, 2010 - 3:59 am

    Is that meat nutritious?


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