Re: baristas or baristi?
- From: "Jack Denver" <nunuvyer@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 13:52:12 -0400
"shane" <shane.olson@xxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:4d4b58d1-04ac-4205-a7fa-
I find it interesting that Italian word barista is derived from the
English word bartender and then it gets taken from the Italian and
Anglicized and applied to people who serve coffee/espresso.
In this modern world (meaning for the last 500 years) where cultural currents blow back and forth across the oceans it's not unheard of for words to take a round trip and come back in another guise. The Japanese word "tempura" which has now entered Western languages was probably originally Latin by way of the Portugeuse, who were among the first Western visitors to Japan and who would deep fry fish and vegetables during Lent ( ad TEMPORA quadragesimae - "in the season of the 40th day" (Lent is 40 days long)). I'm sure there are other examples of such round trips. Certainly recipes do this - "American" style lattes and pizza are now sold in Italy as well as the "original" version which can be quite different.