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January 2, 2009 / Maleesha Kovnesky

DEATHMATCH: Cookies vs. Donuts

What do you call it when you intentionally slide your car around in a circle in an icy parking lot?


Well, not you, probably, because you are a responsible, safe driver.  But maybe you know someone who has done that. 


Carli and I call it “spinning cookies.”  We had a conversation about this last night. 


This all started a couple of weeks ago when J and I were out doing some last minute shopping.  The parking lot was covered in a couple of inches of ice, and when he stopped the car’s back end slid back and forth.  “Whoa,” I said.  “You almost did a cookie!”


Then J burst into laughter.  “COOKIE?!” he howled.  “COOKIE!?” 


I am glad it was dark because I am sure I turned red.  I often say things incorrectly due to the way I have heard them pronounced in my hometown.  Ask me about my “melk drinking” or the color “mahoegany” sometime. 

But I knew I wasn’t mispronouncing “cookie.”  I am a fan of cookies, so I know this.


“What do you call it?” I asked.


“Everyone knows it’s a donut,” he said.  “COOKIE!!”  More laughter.  We talked about it for the next hour as we shopped, and when I say “talked” I mean he teased me relentlessy and even pointed, while I scowled.  I knew it was cookie.  At least where I come from.


So I called Carli last night.  “I need you to resolve a very important argument,” I said. 


I could sense her eyes rolling.  “Sure.”


“What do you call it when you intentionally slide your car around in a circle in an icy parking lot?”


She didn’t answer right away…and here is why!  She and her husband have had this same argument.  “I always get confused,” she said, “because H made so much fun of me.  I know I say whatever the opposite of H says.”




“Hey H,” I heard her yell.  “What do you call it when you spin your car around in the parking lot on purpose?”


“Donut,” he yelled back.


“Yeah, it’s a cookie,” she said.


I got a text from her this morning that said “Thanks by the way.  Now we are arguing about it again.”


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  1. Lisa / Jan 12 2009 8:02 pm

    Sorry.. its a doughnut in Indiana. But we also have pitch-in’s which come to find out no one has heard of, they all call them a pot luck.

  2. cherikooka / Jan 6 2009 10:58 am

    Definately going to the conference! You?

  3. bluesuit12 / Jan 5 2009 8:41 pm

    I’ve only heard it called a donut but I think I’m going to start calling it a cookie just to see people’s reactions.

  4. cherikooka / Jan 5 2009 4:43 pm

    I never heard it called a cookie before. My own personal cop told me it was both…so tell Wasband not to tease you anymore! You are both right.
    Miss you guys! Give AJ and Macy a hug for me!

    YAY! If a cop says it, it has to be true! Thanks Rick!! We miss you too. Going to the conference?

  5. Carli / Jan 5 2009 3:22 pm

    hmmm….clearly there is some major bias against the cookie in the world. It’s obvious to Maleesha and I that spinning your vehicle around in a circle could only be referred to as a cookie…..have you seen what a maple bar looks like??? Seriously! And again…thank you for stirring up what I thought was a dead and buried argument.

    Excellent point on the maple bar! But see the newer comments…a COP said we were right! Not popular, but not total freaks!

  6. rambleicious / Jan 4 2009 7:23 pm

    I call it a donut – but maybe your way has less calories? 😉

    I like that idea…

  7. Pammy Girl / Jan 4 2009 5:54 pm

    Mamma Peg and I must have the same friends. My peeps also call lady goods their cookie.

    I had not heard this one. Interesting.

  8. morethananelectrician / Jan 4 2009 1:58 pm

    donut…I used to be a professional. We’d get out early to clain the biggest parking lots before they all we taken.

  9. maleesha / Jan 4 2009 12:14 pm

    Well for cryin’ out loud. I sense a trend. I guess this just shows to go how goofed up my hometown is.

    I’m going to go drown my sorrows in cookies…

  10. Christine / Jan 3 2009 11:19 pm

    Donuts. 😀

  11. fawnahareo / Jan 3 2009 3:18 pm

    And now I totally want cookies, darn you.

  12. fawnahareo / Jan 3 2009 3:17 pm

    It’s donuts for us, too. BUT! My husband says “melk”, too. Also: seZame. *rolls eyes* He says it’s a Saskatchewan thing.

  13. romi41 / Jan 3 2009 12:19 pm

    hahaha…..well…you know what? GO you!!! Take a stand! (but seriously it’s donuts… you! 😉 )

  14. MamaPeg is Watching Out for You / Jan 3 2009 11:34 am

    Donuts here too. But, well, my sister-in-law calls her private parts her cookie.

  15. teeni / Jan 3 2009 8:52 am

    Oh man. Around here it’s called, “doing donuts.” Like Pammy Girl, I really did want to be on your side. But if it makes you feel any better, “cookie” was cute and made me laugh. 🙂 All I know is if you do too many donuts, you could end up tossing your cookies. 😉

  16. Stacey / Jan 3 2009 7:30 am

    Donuts. Sorry.

  17. Pammy Girl / Jan 3 2009 7:12 am

    While I’ve never actually done one on purpose (on accident, however, is another story), I’ve always referred to them as DONUTS. Sorry. I wanted to be on your side… I really did. 🙂

  18. curlywurlygurly / Jan 3 2009 6:50 am

    sorry, pal…but it’s a DONUT ’round these parts.


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