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24 February 2004 @ 05:28 pm
What's with all the pancakes, people? Other than you making me want pancakes, which is not on. I was going to make dinner tonight - now I want pancakes which means I either have to go to the store or I have to stop at a restaurant. *scowls*

ETA: *laughs* Thanks to all of you, I get it now. I must've blocked this out after escaping from a Catholic university more than 10 years ago (and no offense is meant to anyone who is Catholic or religious - many reasons, including 3 Theology courses, showed me that I am meant to be agnostic, but I still have respect for others' beliefs).
However, I still want pancakes.
I feel: curiouscurious
wordplay on February 24th, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC)
Flisting in - hi. :-)

Am also jonesing for pancakes now - somehow I always remember Mardi Gras and forget Shrove Tuesday, which is something of a feat, I'll admit. I'm just glad I have all the stuff in the house and a full tin of maple syrup.
leiabelle: Christmas cookies at Lancsleiabelle on February 24th, 2004 02:46 pm (UTC)
Great minds think alike. viola_cesario and I were just talking about that!

LeiaBelle: people on my flist keep talking about pancakes (what's with that?) and now I want some
UFAuddity: it's apparently a pancake celebration day or something, people on my flist keep talking about it too
LeiaBelle: A couple people in England mentioned something about it last year; I'd never heard of it before and now I don't remember what it is!
UFAuddity: it sounds like fun, I like pancakes :-) I wish I had some!

Grr, I'm going to end up going out in the rain again to get pancake mix. :-\
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leiabelle: games t00bs playleiabelle on February 24th, 2004 02:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I gather that it's Pancake Day, but what's the meaning behind it, t00b? :p

Ewwww, British pancakes are weird. American pancakes with maple syrup are where it's at. ^_____^
I want to be a genetic dead end.: Ribenashakespearechic on February 24th, 2004 02:58 pm (UTC)
Lemon juice and sugar? Sounds like British pancakes are actually crêpes. Of course, when I was living in London I always ordered them as crêpes, but I guess for the whole day you can't use the French term, eh? ;)
leiabelle: why Tube when you could t00b?leiabelle on February 24th, 2004 02:59 pm (UTC)
Yup, they are crêpes, but the Brits think they are pancakes. Very silly. ;)
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I want to be a genetic dead end.: Me: in the bathshakespearechic on February 24th, 2004 03:08 pm (UTC)
Okay, okay, they're pancakes. Now I'm confused though, because that article says crêpes are thin and crispy and every crêpe I've ever had has not been crispy. But now that I think about it, I mostly only had them in London, so maybe while John Lewis' cafe *calls* it a crê it really was simply a British pancake. Hmmm...
I want to be a genetic dead end.: Leo shadowshakespearechic on February 24th, 2004 03:12 pm (UTC)
and crê = crêpe, apparently.
Muddle-headed Kay: writingmhw on February 24th, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC)
Your friendly neighbourhood lexicographer explains.
Pancake Day = Shrove Tuesday - last Tuesday before Lent.

"Shrove" because everyone was supposed to go to confession ("be shriven[1]") as part of preparation for Lent; pancakes are a quick way of using up dairy, eggs etc which were forbidden as part of the Lenten fasts.

Explained yet?

[1] A lovely verb, "to shrive", meaning to make confession, or to hear the confession of someone. It also gives us that sometimes puzzling phrase "short shrift" - to be given short shrift means to be given time to make only brief prayers for the commendation of one's soul before being executed.
leiabelle: why Tube when you could t00b?leiabelle on February 24th, 2004 03:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Your friendly neighbourhood lexicographer explains.
Dude, I'm a Catholic English major. I know all about Lent and confession. :p

I just didn't understand the pancake connection. Thanks. :)

Still want pancakes though. *tummy growl*
now with 50% more ironykatrionaa on February 24th, 2004 03:01 pm (UTC)
It's a Shrove Tuesday tradition, I have no idea why. You could stop by a local church and they'll probably be having a pancake supper. (Usually proselytizing optional but may depend on the church.)
A clean house is the sign of a broken computer.: belovedaome on February 24th, 2004 03:04 pm (UTC)
Local Lenten custom, presumably. In England, they apparently eat pancakes as their day-before-Ash-Wednesday treat. Here, in PA Dutch country, they eat doughnuts called "Fastnachts".
Elizabethmorethanbefore on February 24th, 2004 03:11 pm (UTC)
What a lovely idea for a holiday tradition! I'd never heard of it before, but it's a good enough excuse for me to make pancakes for dinner tonight. Fortunately, I happen to have hidden some sugar free syrup in my pantry.

Pancake Day will be my new favorite holiday.
shinysilvercoin on February 25th, 2004 02:16 am (UTC)

That's a marvelous icon.