Stop! Grammar Time! Flapjacks vs. Pancakes

I’m sitting in a hotel in Shreveport, Louisiana (long story as to why) at the moment, and I noticed that the room service menu uses a term I haven’t seen in quite some time:

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“Flapjacks.”

Where I’m from, we call them pancakes. Just about everywhere I’ve ever been, and everywhere everyone I’ve ever known is from or has been, they are known as pancakes. Is there actually a difference between a flapjack and a pancake?

Not according to the Northwest Flapjack Society. Nor according to Epicurean.com. Nor the Academy of Food blog.

On the other hand, here’s what Kimberly L. Jackson at NJ.com had to say:

What’s the difference between a pancake and a flapjack? If you ask Joel Clark, founder of Baker Mills in Utah, flapjacks were the original “pan cakes”, but a hearty wholesome version cooked up by frontiersmen who made use of the whole-grain wheat and oats that were common in the days before food was processed and “refined.”

And here’s what a user by the name of VelvetRose said on Yahoo! Answers:

They are all more or less similar but not the same. Flapjack will be a little bit thicker and have bubbles as in American version of pancakes. However a British pancake tends to be thinner than other pancakes-almost like crepes but not as dry. I cook all three.

Added note: There is another kind of flapjack that is like a slice of crumbly cake.

I guess the debate will rage on. I think they’re the same thing.

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