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an italian food product

Discussion in 'Personal' started by senlady, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    Why is it that when referring to the popular Italian food product of pasta people ordinarily specify that they are having spaghetti to eat and yet all other pasta shapes seem to be referred to as pasta?!

    I have never heard 'oh I'm having farfalle for dinner' or 'I had some delicious conchiglie yesterday' or 'the campanelle I chose for lunch was devine'.

    Why does spaghetti seem to have been given higher status or removed from the pasta food group?

    answers on a postcard please! (any way to boost the interesting post that comes through my door over junk and bills)

  2. FritzGrade

    FritzGrade Senior commenter

    I always explicitly say what type it is. Why would you not? Spaghetti I use the least for cooking.
  3. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    GOOD question!!!
  4. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    Maybe because when us pensioners were young, the only pasta known in Britain was spaghetti or macaroni.

    So the word "pasta" did not exist, only spaghetti and macaroni.
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  5. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Yes, that is indeed what accounts for the phenomenon. Quite so.
  6. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    The wisdom of age ;)

    Or at least the knowledge thereof.
  7. Vladimir

    Vladimir Senior commenter

    Because the British are, as a nation, hopeless at foreign languages.
  8. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    hmmmmmmm but then why did all the others arrive known as pasta rather than by their names? Or why did spaghetti and macaroni not arrive as 'pasta'?

    I have no idea why it is this I am pondering this wonderful Thursday afternoon!
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  9. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I would insert the word "commonly" after pasta.

    Some of us (quite a few in some areas) had ex-pat Italians in the family or as friends
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  10. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    OK, the first Italians brought spaghetti and named it thusly. Spaghetti.

    That caught on and held sway for a couple of decades. Then we 'found' farfalle, conchiglie etc. Aha, said the Italians. These are merely other forms of pasta. Did you not know?

    No, we did not know.

    Oh, yes. There's capellini, matriciani, vermicelloni, bucatini. Shall I go on?

    Please don't. So that's a lot of pasta then, isn't it.

    Do you want to know them all?

    No, thanks. I can't even say them. In fact, d'you know what? I'm not even going to TRY. I can say spaghetti and I can say pasta so that's that. Ta.

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  11. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    I actually think macaroni might pre-date spaghetti, because I remember my mother making both macaroni cheese, and macaroni milk pudding, well before., (in fact never) making spag!

    Then spag came in tins, like baked beans.
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  12. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    yes but dried spaghetti did start being sold in the UK in the late 60s.
    (We got ours home-made)
  13. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    I blame one of the sproglets (mine) for my ponderance. I stated they were having pasta for dinner and when spaghetti was dished up all hell broke loose as is was not what I had previously pledged!
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  14. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Has anyone tried to buy spaghetti in recent years? It's tucked right out of the way in the pasta section now and only stocked in small numbers of packets.

    Back in the day, spaghetti would come in packets that must have been a yard long, but nowadays, it's barely a third of that. It's hardly the length that would inspire anyone to conceive that dining on it would result in a kiss like Lady and the Tramp enjoyed.

    Bring back the proper stuff, I say. Bring back romance.
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  15. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    Sounds intriguing! :confused:
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  16. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Slurping spag? Romantic? Yuk!
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  17. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    ah the romance of a slurped string of spaghetti *cue dream sequence ...* :eek:o_O or not! bleurgh!
  18. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I'm having tortellini for dinner tonight.
  19. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    not pasta? ;):)
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  20. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    In Australia they call it parsta.

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