Friday, November 18, 2005

Personally, I'd buy boots called Funnel Cakes.

Almost any Southerner is familiar with the edible

hush puppy
A small, round or slightly oblong cake of cornmeal fried in deep fat.
"hush puppy." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 19 Nov. 2005.

Most others associate Hush Puppies with the shoe company.

Both are not only correct, they are linked.

The Hush Puppies name and mascot were coined by the brand's first sales manager, Jim Muir. Initally, the company's advertising agency recommended naming the product "Lasers." Then, on a selling trip to the southeast, Mr. Muir dined with a friend and the meal included hush puppies, traditional fried southern cornballs. When Mr. Muir asked the origin of the name, he was told that farmers threw hush puppies at the hounds to "quiet their barking dogs."

Mr. Muir saw a connection to his new product. "Barking dogs" in the vernacular of the day was an idiom for sore feet. Mr. Muir surmised his new shoes were so comfortable that they could "quiet barking dogs."
"Hush Puppies." Wikipedia. Wikipedia, 2005. 19 Nov. 2005.