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Did you ever ask yourself „why are spaghetti called spaghetti”

We all  have splatted ourselves at least once with spaghetti sauce, havent´t we…?
Not very astonishing given the fact that those long noodles are not so easy to eat.
If you wrap too much of them around your fork they quickly pile up to a dumpling the size of a ball of wool which nobody can stuff into the mouth without coll(e)ateral damage.
If you take too few they are slipping back onto the plate in a split second .
If you slurp them in bent deeply over your plate (not very elegant but acceptable) you can be sure that their very last end spills the sauce over the whole table in a slight swerve before it finishes in your mouth.
Real fun however we have always when there are children at the table…

Of course nowadays everybody knows that spaghetti (and all the other pasta as well) has to be “al dente” , which means that they mustn´t have by no way the consistence of porridge when they are served.
So far we know already a lot about spaghetti.
But do you also know why spaghetti are called spaghetti?

What do you think? Is it more difficult to make spaghetti or to eat them...

What do you think? Is it more difficult to make spaghetti or to eat them...

And here´s the answer…

Spaghetto is the diminuitive of the italian word spago (packthread, cord, string) which is derived from the latin spacus.
Spaghetti are also simply string noodles
P.S. But here´s the additional question. Why do Italians write write spaghetti with an h?
So, who knows this…?

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