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Word for Wednesday: Spaghetti

Our Word for Wednesday theme for April is pasta

Made from a durum wheat dough which is shaped and boiled, pasta dishes originate in Italy and are now enjoyed all over the world. Though the word pasta has been used in English since 1874, it didn't become common until after the second world war. The literal translation of the Italian word pasta is ‘paste’. 

Our first pasta-themed word of the month is spaghetti. Spaghetti are long solid strings of pasta, often served with sauce.

Spaghetti is the plural of the Italian word ‘spaghetto’ which means ‘thin string’ or ‘twine’. The first known recording of the word in English is as ‘sparghetti’ in Eliza Acton’s ‘Modern Cooking for Private Families’ in 1848.

Other types of pasta named for their string-like shape include fettucine (‘little ribbons’), linguine (‘little tongues’), and capellini d’angelo (‘angel’s hair’). 

What’s your favourite pasta shape?

06 Apr 2022
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