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Your pasta means worms [09 Apr 2005|10:39am]

Couldn't we come up with a better word for our food? Those of you who took Latin have been living with this knowledge for a long time, but I was blissfully ignorant.

This will go on the list of things I wish I didn't know.

This information courtesy of Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day mailing list.

What does the word "vermicular" have in common with the pasta on your plate? If you're eating vermicelli (a spaghetti- like pasta made in long thin strings) the answer is "vermis," a Latin noun meaning "worm." If you dig deep enough, you'll find that "vermis" is the root underlying not only "vermicular" and "vermicelli," but also "vermiculate" (which can mean either "full of worms" or "tortuous") and even "worm" itself.

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