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Calamari vs. Squid (Perhaps More Than You Wanted to Know)


I went to a restaurant this weekend and ordered calamari. As I enjoyed it, I wondered aloud if people who eat calamari would still eat it if they knew calamari was squid (much like escargot is snail). Calamari, after all, is the plural of the Italian calamaro, meaning “squid.”

Thinking like George Carlin might, I imagined that people eat the food because it sounds pleasant — Calamari sounds ethnic and high-class; squid sounds mushy and gross.

I did some research — and received several surprises.

My dictionary defines calamari as “the inky substance the squid secretes.” It defines calamary as “squid.” I have never heard of calamary (or its plural, calamaries).

This caused me to search “calamari vs. squid” online. Differencebetweet.net questions if calamari really is Italian for “squid” and goes on to say that calamari is a type of squid: All calamari are squids, but not all squids are calamari, basically.

Squaidfish.net agrees that calamari is a type of squid. A man named Jim Coleman, on philly.com, says the way to tell the difference between calamari and squid is to examine the animal’s wings, or flaps. A calamari’s flaps are longer and more triangular than a non-calamari squid.

About.com simply says calamari is squid (much like Soylent Green is people?) and is related to the cuttlefish and octopus.

Wisegeek.org gives explains, “Virtually any type of squid presentation can properly be called ‘calamari,’ which means that people hoping to get a fried platter must usually read the menu carefully, else ask a waiter or cook for more details on what exactly is meant by the term.” It also says there are many different types of squid, that the squid ink can be used for color or flavor; that it’s low in calories, has no saturated fat and is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

So, there you have it. Bon appetit!

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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