November 10th, 2013

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Sunday Word: Caffè Sospeso

caf·fè sos·pe·so [kæˈfeɪ soʊspeɪsoʊ]:
origin: (1665) → Italian: caffè= coffee, Sospeso= suspend

A phrase translating to "suspended coffee", or the idea of paying for TWO cups of coffee, only drinking one, thus allowing another patron in need to later enjoy the other for free: quick BBC video on the subject. A tradition dating back to a recession in Naples, possibly a century ago, brought back to light recently and spreading across the globe as a simple method of charity & community awareness.

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