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04-30-2000, 04:39 PM
My wife and I were watching a rerun of the movie "My COusin Vinny," and one character refers to Joe Pesci as "Vinny Bag of Doughnuts!" My wife asked me what that nickname meant, and, well...

I was born and raised in a largely Italian neighborhood in New York, so I've heard this expression lots of times- friends referring to their Uncle or cousin "Joey Bag of Doughnuts" or "Paulie Bag of Doughnuts," so I understood it as some kind of affectionate/mocking nickname. But I never really understood where it came from or what it meant.

So, any Italian Dopers know exactly what the phrase means, or where it came from?

04-30-2000, 04:55 PM
I think it comes from the Italian expression "Manjecake" which means cake eater. It suggests a person who is a bit of a wimp.

Johnny Angel
04-30-2000, 05:47 PM
I've always understood the term "Joe Bag-o-doughnuts" to mean "some guy" or "any guy."

04-30-2000, 07:18 PM
I'm with Johnny Angel-that's how I've always understood the term, as a reference to the average Joe Anybody.
Oh, and Wally, not to be a nitpick, but it's Mangia-cake. No j in Italian. :) Sorry-


04-30-2000, 10:35 PM
I think it's one of those second or third generation Italian-American things that really has no meaning. It's just a nonsense name that has the meter of an Italian guy's name. Think of it as a paisan's Joe Blow.

My dad used to use that fake name when telling me bedtime stories, along with Rudy Arugula and Vinny Boombatz.

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