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Related to food and the South, but historico-philologically

Sandy | Sep 5, 2003 12:51 PM

I am trying to track down the derivation and history of the word (phonetically spelled) "gunjuh." It was used in Charleston, SC in my childhood (and long before) to describe a sort of cookie or small cake. There was a "horse gunjuh," a 6 or 7 inch long, somewhat hard cookie roughly in the shape of a horse (sold for 5 cents in my day), and a "molasses gunjuh," which was sort of a molasses cookie. The word certainly suggests an African origin and appears to be limited to the South. All too many of my contemporaries are gone to that great chow-place in the sky, so I'm running out of sources. Googling produced nothing. If anyone is familiar with the term, I would appreciate any help that you can give.

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