Delicious etymology

Pasta is a rich source of colorful Italian loan words. Orin Hargraves, on the blog of the Macmillan Dictionary:

Take campanelle, for instance. These cone-shaped pasta shapes with a frilly edge look a little like a bell and a little like a flower. In fact they look like a bellflower, which in English is also called campanula. The word in Italian means “little bells.” The Latin ancestor of campanelle also gives us campanology (the art of bell-ringing), and campanile (a bell tower).

Love the little quiz at the end. It’s connections like the one between linguine and linguist (the root word lingua, meaning “tongue”) that make me want to run off and be an etymologist.