The real name for a single strand of spaghetti is baffling the internet

Warning: Explicit language below.

Now, here's a trivia question to put your culinary skills to the test.

Do you know the technical name for a single strand of spaghetti? We've never really thought about it, to be honest. And if we ever wanted a mere piece (who really wants just one piece of pasta?), we'd simply just ask for a teensy bite.

But the actual term for a single spaghetti noodle -- which is, by the way, "spaghetto" -- has quickly ignited the internet. The saga began when Twitter user Caroline Ramsey tweeted the definition, along with her own dismay.

Not even our own spell check recognizes the word, quickly underlining "spaghetto" in bold red squiggles.

The tweet quickly went viral, with nearly 19,000 people expressing similar shock.

Others, however, were not concerned by Caroline's revelation at all.

The more you know.

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Pasta names you're probably mispronouncing
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Pasta names you're probably mispronouncing
Fusilli

The Wrong Way: Few-silly

The Right Way: Foo-zeel-ee

The spiral shape really holds onto the Parmesan cheese. 

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Orecchiette

The Wrong Way: Or-reh-shetty

The Right Way: Or-ay-key-et-ay

This ear-shaped pasta is perfect with pesto.

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Tagliatelle

The Wrong Way: Tag-lie-ah-tell

The Right Way: Tah-leah-tell-ah

A flat or cylindrical noodle, typically found drowning in Bolognese sauce.

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Bucatini

The Wrong Way: Buck-a-tiny

The Right Way: Boo-cah-teen-ee

It walks and talks like spaghetti but is hollow—and slightly thicker. 

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Penne

The Wrong Way: Pen-ay

The Right Way: Peh-neh

This ridged pasta really works overtime to absorb the sauce.

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Pappardelle

The Wrong Way: Pepper-del

The Right Way: Pa-par-day-lay

It’s tagliatelle’s slightly bulkier cousin.

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Fettucine

The Wrong Way: Feta-cheen

The Right Way: Fay-tuh-chee-knee

It’s all about the creamy sauce.

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Farfalle

The Wrong Way: Far-fall

The Right Way: Far-fall­-ay

Bow-tie pasta is the cutest.

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Gnocchi

The Wrong Way: Guh-no-chee

The Right Way: Neh-yo-key

Think of it as little pasta pillows. Yum. 

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