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    hi. i had a quick question. i seen in some books and sentences where "lasagna" and the "L" was capitalized. why is this? it was strange. i mean, the word was in the middle of a sentence too!

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    Hello 94B

    Some writers capitalize the first letter of the names of dishes. So you might see "Lentil lasagna" (or "Lentil Lasagna") in the middle of a sentence, for instance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic
    Hello 94B

    Some writers capitalize the first letter of the names of dishes. So you might see "Lentil lasagna" (or "Lentil Lasagna") in the middle of a sentence, for instance.

    MrP
    so you can write either ANYTIME??

    What if its not written like in a menu or such where people see it as a "dish" that you order, but rather, just saying what you ate for dinner. like this:

    "We had chicken and Lasagna for dinner."

    I would feel very uncomfortable using it here capitalized. But is it still correct?

    If it is, would that mean I would capitalize "chicken" as well?

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    Hi,

    I believe MrPedantic (nice name, by the way!) is correct to say that some writers capitalize the first letter of names of dishes; however, this doesn't mean it's correct to do so.

    The inappropriate use of capitals is prevalent nowadays, and I for one dislike it. Could be I'm wrong in this instance though - can anyone provide a definitive answer?

    Mike

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    Officially, it should only be spelt with a small "l": http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=lasagna

    Alternative spelling: lasagne

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    Additionally,

    The two main rules which govern the use of capital letters are as follows:

    (1) Proper nouns, titles, and first words are capitalized.

    EX: title: (recipe heading) Vegetable Lasagna

    (2) Common nouns are not capitalized unless they have gained the status of proper nouns.

    EX: Mom's lasagna is tasty, but it isn't Lasagna.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nordic Bill
    Alternative spelling: lasagne
    excerpt from epicurious.com food dictionary
    lasagna; lasagne
    [luh-ZAHN-yuh]
    1. A wide (about 2 inches), flat noodle, sometimes with ruffled edges. The plural form is lasagne.

    But . . . does anyone actually know that; i.e., follow that rule?

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    My eating habits are herewith altered for good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    excerpt from epicurious.com food dictionary
    lasagna; lasagne
    [luh-ZAHN-yuh]
    1. A wide (about 2 inches), flat noodle, sometimes with ruffled edges. The plural form is lasagne.

    But . . . does anyone actually know that; i.e., follow that rule?
    I can stump that- I had a French teacher who took his pedantry to such extremes that he was heard to say 'these spaghetti are nice'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 94BANSHEE
    so you can write either ANYTIME??

    What if its not written like in a menu or such where people see it as a "dish" that you order, but rather, just saying what you ate for dinner. like this:

    "We had chicken and Lasagna for dinner."

    I would feel very uncomfortable using it here capitalized. But is it still correct?

    If it is, would that mean I would capitalize "chicken" as well?
    Sorry, 94B, my answer was a little unclear. I was thinking principally of the names of dishes in menus and recipes, where you might find e.g. Lasagna al Salmone, Broccoli Lasagna, Lasagna al Pesto.

    In ordinary contexts ("we had chicken and lasagna for dinner"), as others have intimated, it would look a little excessive to capitalize "lasagna".

    MrP

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