Rolling pin

Today’s morning name. I’m baffled as to what might have dredged this compound noun (for an ordinary kitchen utensil) out of my unconscious, but there it is.

(#1) A particularly handsome rolling pin (wooden roller style) from The Ceramic Shop

From Wikipedia:

A rolling pin is a cylindrical food preparation utensil used to shape and flatten dough. Two styles of rolling pin are found: rollers and rods. Roller types consists of a thick cylinder with small handles at each end; rod type rolling pins are usually thin tapered batons. Rolling pins of different styles and materials offer advantages over another, as they are used for different tasks in cooking and baking.

Rod: Thin rods typically made of wood around 2–3 cm in diameter. They are used by rolling the rod across the dough using one’s palm. The pins may be tapered at one or both ends for more pivot control in certain tasks such as making small jiaozi skins or pie shells. Most East Asian or French style rolling pins, and the Turkish Oklava are rod style.

Roller: Consists of a thick heavy roller made of a variety of materials around 7–10 cm in diameter with thinner handles which extend through the roller. They are used by grasping the handles and pushing the pin across the dough. Many Western rolling pins are roller types.

… An angry housewife wielding a rolling pin [a wooden roller type] as a weapon is a common cliché in humour, as for example in the English comic strip Andy Capp.

From Andy Capp:

(#2) Home from the pub, Andy is confronted by Flo, wielding her rolling pin

From Wikipedia:

Andy Capp is an English comic strip created by cartoonist Reg Smythe, seen in The Daily Mirror and The Sunday Mirror newspapers since 5 August 1957. Originally a single-panel cartoon, it was later expanded to four panels.

[featuring Andy (short for Andrew) Capp and his wife Florrie “Flo” Capp (named after Florence Nightingale)]

Andy is a working-class figure who never actually works, living in Hartlepool, a harbour town in northeast England. The title of the strip is a pun on the local pronunciation of “handicap”; and the surname “Capp” signifies how Andy’s cap always covered his eyes along with, metaphorically, his vision in life.

… Andy no longer beats his wife, because of concerns about the depiction of domestic violence (which was usually portrayed in a highly stylised manner, as an iconic cartoon smoke cloud with fists and feet protruding), although Florrie gave to him as good as she got

Andy is a shiftless wanker on the dole and could be seen as an offensive stereotype of working-class layabouts from the North, but apparently the strip is popular with this very group — because  the strip also shows him as amiable,  even admirable in many ways.

2 Responses to “Rolling pin”

  1. Douglas Wallace Says:

    Given the feminist claptrap of how violence against women is normalised, the frequent normalisation of violence against men displayed in the Andy Capp cartoons is an eye-opener to a different truth.

    • arnold zwicky Says:

      You clearly have your own aggrieved agenda here, and you’re probably not reachable by anything I might say, but you’re misreading the comic strip. Early in the strip’s history, Andy beat Flo frequently, to keep her in line, but instead of just taking it, she armed herself with her rolling pin to beat him back and seize some control over the household.

      Andy’s good-old-lad persona and Flo’s heart of gold were supposed to take the edge off what was mostly (in my opinion) unpleasantly brutal humor, also depicting the British working classes in the most unflattering terms possible, contemptuously. The strip softened over time, to make the characters somewhat more lovable. In any case, it was a comic strip, not a slice of life.

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