December 19, 2009, 11:59 pm
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Originally posted on June 19, 2007, as a Facebook note.

I recently learned from my cousins & aunt that confetti, spaghetti, and graffiti are plural and that the singular forms are confetto, spaghetto, and graffito.They aren’t just secretive about their singularity, they’re deceitful too by continuing to take singular verbs.

Other exciting singulars, not all of which made the bridge from Italian to English…yet:

  • broccolo (broccoli)
  • biscotto (biscotti)
  • panino (panini)
  • salam (salami)
  • illuminatus (illuminati)

I call on those of you who have strong opinions on grammar (whether descriptive or prescriptive) to do whatever it is you need to do.  I don’t think I’m the only one who would enjoy eating asking for just one piece of broccolo or throwing a confetto.