Monday, March 21, 2016

How Capicola Became Gabagool: The Italian New Jersey Accent, Explained

Mulberry Street, where New York's "Little Italy" is centered, c. 1909.
 (Photo: Library of Congress)

When New Jersey Italian-Americans talk about food they often use a unique accent. "Mozzarella” becomes “mutzadell.” “Ricotta” becomes “ree-goat.” “Prosciutto” becomes “pruh-zhoot.”
And capicola becomes gabagool:

Read more about how this regional accent developed:  Atlas Obscura

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