Picture Archive: Language & Identity

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The Singin' Hinny cafe in Byker, Newcastle. A 'Singing Hinny' is a kind of griddle cake. The sizzle of butter during baking is the singing, with the full name supposedly being a mother's reply to her children asking if their tea is ready: "No it's just singing, hinnies\". Hinny is a term of endearment - a variation of 'honey'.

Image: Hayley Green 2009 (CC BY-SA)


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