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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 12/30/2010

Lunch Break

By Ezra Klein

Odd pronunciation of "pasta," but good video on its history and production:

By Ezra Klein  | December 30, 2010; 12:22 PM ET
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Mark Tewksbury, the host of the video, is Canadian and that's actually a fairly common pronunciation of "pasta" in Canada. Interesting video.

Posted by: rh00 | December 30, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"Odd pronunciation of 'pasta,'"

Oh, you've done it now. You are gonna get mowed down by the Canadian War Machine!

You'd better defend youself. Throw up a quick post on per capita healthcare spending and outcomes.

Actually, on an off-topic note, US infant mortality is a perennial hot topic, but maternal mortality is almost never reported on. It's unclear to me whether the improvements have simply stalled, or if maternal mortality has actually increased since the 1980's, as I've seen claimed ( (Note: the author is a leading midwife--and, incidentally, the only midwife and the only woman with an obstetric procedure named after her--with a very strong commitment to natural birth in most cases).

Anyway, it seemed very strange that we're doing such a bad job tracking something so important, and so preventable.

Posted by: theorajones1 | December 30, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The fairy-tale that Marco Polo introduced pasta to Europe has been long ago debunked.

Posted by: thehersch | December 30, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

truly pastoral

Posted by: bdballard | December 30, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

This pronunciation of "pasta" -- with the vowel of "trap" rather than the vowel of" father" -- is standard in England.

"Mafia" -- another Italian word -- is pronounced like this as well.

Posted by: dn131 | December 30, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

What they said. Pasta is also mispronounced here in the UK. The reason is they're afraid of sounding foreign, so they flatten out their A's.

Posted by: KathyF | December 31, 2010 2:42 AM | Report abuse

'Mispronounced' makes it sound like a mistake. Words are just pronounced differently in different countries.

US Americans seem strangely intolerant about how other countries (even those as close as Canada) pronounce words. I was going to suggest this is somewhat ironic, given that the US doesn't have a language of it's own anyway, but maybe that's partially the reason.

Posted by: MrSpang | December 31, 2010 5:18 AM | Report abuse

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