In James Blish's book Jack of Eagles, there is this dialogue:
"Shut the door, Tooey. So you're Danny Caiden. Your mother must of hung too much around the movies."
"The name's a corruption of a New Orleans term that would be familiar to anybody with two brain cells," Danny said evenly.
What New Orleans term is the name a corruption of, and what does the first speaker think it has to do with movies?