Word of the Day
: something (such as a piece of writing, music, etc.) that imitates the style of someone or something else
: a piece of writing, music, etc., that is made up of selections from different works
: a mixture of different things
As beautiful as this word is, it has a strange history.
It all started with macaroni (I know, right?).
The word pastiche is from French but the French word was actually borrowed from Italian, specifically the word pasticcio.
Pasticcio is an Italian dish, a kind of macaroni pie – it’s delicious – and comes from pasta
English speakers familiar with this dish began to apply the name to various different potpourris and hodgepodges, up until the 18th century. Until the word pastiche was discovered in the late 1800’s, then pasticcio was put aside and now pastiche is used much more commonly.