The twine-like, thin noodles known to many as “spaghetti” has origins in Italy. Some historians have placed the advent of spaghetti back to the 5th Century, AD. The translation of the word, in fact, means “thin string” or “twine”. It’s not only a popular dish around the world, but one of the best-selling varieties of pasta in the U.S. There’s no denying spaghetti’s popularity, except for one, little thing: its pronunciation.
Many people grow up believing spaghetti to be pronounced almost exactly as how it is spelled. “SPA-GET-TEE”. However, there is a large faction of people who choose to pronounce it another way, a pronunciation they learned in their youth, which carried into their adult years: “PIS-GET-TEE”.
It’s impossible to be able to detect who pronounces it which way, since it cannot be known until someone speaks the word, but when it comes up in conversations, all mysteries are solved.
“This is absurd,” said Vito Aparazzinecci, a 4th generation Italian-American. “It’s pronounced ‘SPA-ghetti’. That other pronunciation is something a pre-schooler says in early development. What kind of moron grows up as an adult and pronounces it that way. It’s even spelled out on the boxes at the supermarket, or when you go to an Italian restaurant. Have you ever heard a fuckin’ waiter say the special of the day is ‘pis-ghetti’???”
And therein lies a bigger problem. While Aparazzinecci is not wrong, many believe his logic is flawed.
“It’s got-damn ‘PIS-ghetti’!” screamed Albert Hawk, a World War 2 veteran. “That’s how I said it as a kid and that’s how I got-damn say it as an adult. That other way of sayin’ it is pure garbage and fascist propaganda. In America, we are free. We are free to speak how we speak and if you don’t like it, maybe we should build a wall.”
Albert is not alone in his opinion. Many echo his sentiments and indeed, believe a wall should be built to prevent those who attempt to kill free speech be kept out. Still, others chalk this all up to nothing more than a conspiracy–one that many have submitted to for decades.
Aparazzinecci says, “Lunatics. They’re all lunatics staging this protest out of spite. Being a contrarian and disagreeing for the sake of disagreeing is not America. It’s ‘spaghetti’, it has always been ‘spaghetti’, and if someone suggests that it’s pronounced any other way is probably an uneducated loudmouth who hides behind patriotism to explain being a moron.”
The right to free speech and the state of free thought has always defined American values, but what happens when those ideals are challenged? Is there room for an articulate and profound conversation? Is there room for “pis-ghetti” in a “spaghetti” world?
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