Language corner - In the Italian language, the word "Cornetto" refers to a number of different objects.
- It is a good luck charm, used as early as 3500 BC as a symbol of fertility and therefore life, an apotropaic referent that drives away evil magical influence. In the Middle Ages the horn, to bring luck, had to be red, handmade, hard, hollow inside, and have a sinusoidal tip. According to Neapolitans a "cornetto portafortuna" must have the "3 Rs": Rosso, Regalato, potersi Rompere - that is, must be red, be a gift (placed in the left hand of the receiver pinching the skin with its tip), and of a material that can break (when it breaks it has absorbed the bad luck!).
- It is a variation of the Austrian kipferl whose shape was a halfmoon, and also the later French croissant refers to a crescent moon. But Italians liked to see it as recalling a pair of horns, and renamed it "cornetto". The breakfast and mid-morning break with caffè - or cappuccino - and cornetto in Italian bars is extremely popular: over 10 million Italians (just in Italy) order it at least twice a week.
- It is a wafer icecream, patented in 1959 by a Neapolitan ice-cream maker. The patent was purchases in 1976 and commercialized with the Algida brand.
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