Confetti: small pieces of paper thrown into the air during celebrations.

This word came up in a Latin class this morning.  A student wanted to know if confetti came from confitieri, the Latin word for confession.  It does not.

Instead, confetti comes from the Italian word confetto.  Confetto is candy.  To be more precise, confetto is a sugar coated almond.

Confetto comes from the Latin word confectum, the source of our word confection, a food loaded with sugar.

At one point in history, Roman ladies would throw confetti (little pieces of sugared candy) at the most eligible bachelors in town.  For the men, it was a badge of honor to be the one most covered in sugar and flower.

From this old tradition we inherited our tradition of throwing confetti during celebrations.


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