AskDefine | Define baloney

Dictionary Definition

baloney n : pretentious or silly talk or writing [syn: boloney, bilgewater, bosh, drool, humbug, taradiddle, tarradiddle, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle]

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English

Etymology 1

Modification of bologna.

Pronunciation

/bələʊni/

Noun

  1. A type of smoked sausage; bologna.

Etymology 2

From the Polari slang word balonie.

Alternative spellings

Noun

  1. In the context of "uncountable|US|slang": Nonsense.
Synonyms
See .
Translations
nonsense
  • German: Käse
  • Russian: колбасня

Extensive Definition

Bologna sausage () is an American sausage somewhat similar to the Italian mortadella, (a finely hashed/ground pork sausage containing cubes of lard that originated in the Italian city of Bologna). US Government regulations require American bologna to be finely ground, and it does not contain visible pieces of fat. Bologna can alternatively be made out of chicken, turkey, beef, or pork. It is commonly called bologna and often pronounced and/or spelled baloney. The "baloney" pronunciation can be used to mean "lies" and/or to express disbelief.
Bologna sausage is generally made from low quality scraps of meat cuts. That is possibly the origin of the slang word baloney, meaning "nonsense". However, US Government regulations define what meats and byproducts can be legally included in bologna. No more than 3.5% non-meat binders and extenders (such as nonfat dry milk, cereal, or dried whole milk) or 2% isolated soy protein may be used, and they must be listed in the ingredients statement on the product label by their common names. In Chicago, bologna is often called bosaus, a shortened version of bologna sausage. In Montreal, bologna is often referred to as poulet farci, or stuffed chicken in English.

Varieties

Bologna In general, bologna comprises chicken, beef, pork, veal, and/or other ingredients. It is constitutionally much the same as frankfurters, although larger and sliced.
Beef Bologna This is an all beef version, it is usually more of a red color than its mixed-meat counterpart.
Kosher Bologna Typically made with only beef, but sometimes made from turkey. The manufacture of this variety of bologna must be supervised by a mashgiach to be certified kosher.
German Bologna Also known as Garlic Bologna, this sausage is typically distinguished by adding garlic to the recipe.
Lebanon Bologna Named for Lebanon County, this is the Pennsylvania Dutch variety of the sausage. Distinguished by its smokey taste and dark, coarse appearance, this is one of the more extreme flavors of bologna.
New Zealand bologna In New Zealand bolagna is actually referred to as savaloys or cheerios, and are essentially balogna meat in a red casing or other colors such as purple.

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