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The G in Lasagna

You’ve probably seen the meme. Something along the lines of “Today I’m going to be as useless as the G in Lasagna”. It’s been bouncing all over my feed lately and it’s driving me nuts. Yes, English is a weird language. Yes, I spelled “weird” wrong on my first try because I never remember if I or E comes first. But, allow me to set the record straight for this one word.

The G in lasagna has a purpose. The word originated, surprise, surprise, in Italy. Side fact, lasagna is the singular of lasagne, and refers to the long flat noodle, not the dish.

Moving on. In Italian “gn” is pronounced “nyuh”. Without the g, la-za-nya become la-za-na.

So, if you’re feeling like the g in lasagna remember, you’re not useless, you’re under-appreciated.

What’s a word or phrase you’re curious about or find interesting? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear about it!

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  1. There’s only one word in all of words that really grinds my gears, and that is….. “Atheist”… Shouldn’t that mean the same as monotheistic? I mean you don’t use “(a) apple” or whatever when describing “no apples” or the absence of apples nor if you don’t believe in apples. So what gives?

    1. These words might make more sense if you take them back to the Greek. In Greek “monos” means one, alone, or single. Add that to “theos” meaning deity/god, and you get monotheist = one god. Or you could say mono-apple if you have one apple. It’s not a huge jump for monotheistic to refer to someone who believes in one God.
      “A” on the other hand, means against or without. A + Theos = without God. So, a-apple could mean without apples/no apples. And, again, not that big of a jump for atheist to refer to someone who doesn’t believe in God.
      Hope that answers your question.

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