We’ve explored the use of foreign words in previous blog posts in Beyond the Edit Mark. Those were mostly French words but today we move on to what I consider even more difficult: Italian.
There’s no doubt about it: Italian food is popular. Spaghetti, lasagna, fettuccine — it’s as much fun to say as it is to eat. Some newer entries to the Italian food offerings include interesting bread items including focaccia and ciabatta.
I am a big fan of ciabatta (literally “carpet slipper”) because of its big, airy holes and crisp crust. Apparently, it is popular for use in the grilled “panini” sandwich. Ciabatta makes fantastic toast and, since I just invested in a shiny new toaster oven, a loaf of ciabatta is sure to follow.
As I’ve said in previous posts, if you’re going to use a foreign word, make sure it is spelled correctly! If you spell it “ciabata”, is it still a slipper? With Italian, one can’t be too careful. You may have just insulted the restaurant owner’s dog.