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Fellow foodies, I look for your help. In the past 10 year or therefore I"ve been baffled through the change in the American English together of words "basil," the fragrant herb. It"s obtained from the Greek, basilikon, meaning kingly. In Italian, it"s "basilico, through a short A, in French it"s "basilic," additionally short A, and in English, for numerous years it has actually been "basil," brief A. And also yet, most human being today space saying "basil" through a long A. I resolutely proceed to express "basil" my way, that is, correctly... BUT---When, where and why did this readjust come about? Are civilization confusing "basil," with "basal," a word genuinely possessing that lengthy A the pronunciation? please advise, fellow foodies. Thank you.

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Only the USA can change things as they believe they room the co-founder of speak the English language - Basil the herb is a brief 'a' and I will always continue come say the that way - if on the topic how about the word 'herb' the USA speak 'erb' for this reason does that average that they not say the 'h' as in er hat, is clothes, er car and so ~ above this also baffles me - human being now speak 'for free' whatever is 'for free' i beg your pardon is completely incorrect - the is one of two people 'free' or 'for nothing' I deserve to go on and also on and on and on .....


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I am happy to know that mine daughter and also I are not the only ones that still say basil with a short a. I have often just provided its Italian surname basilico, in order to sidestepping the issue, but I think the is a little cowardly, therefore I will certainly now continue using the together I grew up with, discovering there is a full army of short-a supporters behind me!


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I share her bafflement. I prospered up listening the herb pronounced with a brief a, and also then when I learned Greek, realized the this joint is true to the Greek roots of the word.

And then unexpectedly the lengthy a joint came under the pike--around the very same time that the food marketing industry began to talk about "house-made" this and also that quite than the old-fashioned "homemade."

Don't gain me began on the joint of biscotti, i beg your pardon I prospered up hear pronounced (true come the Italian roots of the word) with a lengthy o. I occurred on her posting, in fact, together I was scanning websites because that information about the correct pronunciation of that word after a grocery-store stock person corrected me today once I asked because that biscotti, and also informed me the the pronunciation is choose "bis-scotty."

Lots or pretension in the food world. And also ignorance. And market hype.

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Well my last name is Basil and also for the 100+ years that the family has been in this country it has constantly been pronounced through a short a as with Basil Rathbone. Suddenly now that basil is a well-known herb people actually exactly me once I express my name and also get ANGRY once I express the herb v a brief a. Ns tell them the is phonetic, a s is as, bas rhymes through as and basil has a brief a.