Tuesday, March 30, 2010

It's Just a Sandwich with Stripes!

Desperate for coffee before an early flight out of Reagan National Airport on Sunday, I almost bought a cup at this place but decided against it on the basis of the poor punctuation and improper pluralizing.

Panini is already plural, so it certainly shouldn't have an apostrophe and then an "s" after it.

The subject of this entry is in honor of 95-year-old Abe, who lives with my grandfather at an assisted-living residence. He once complained to me that their dining hall uses fancy foreign words that he doesn't understand. "Do you know what a panini is?" he asked me. "It's just a sandwich with stripes!" I felt bad that he was so annoyed, but it was adorable.


Rebecca said...

"Vegetarian panini" - this about sums up the choice we have!

GJC said...

Now, it's been ~25 years since my last Latin class. But if, as I suspect, the singular of "panini" is, in fact, "paninus", I will regain a great deal of respect for the Latin language.

Becky said...

It's actually "panino."