December 31, 2012
confetti (noun)
\kun-FET-ee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: small bits of brightly colored paper made for throwing (as at weddings)
How do you use it?
As the clock struck twelve, my little brother leaped into the air, hurled two fistfuls of confetti skyward, and shouted, "Happy New Year!"
Are you a word wiz?

Which party-loving people do you think gave us the word "confetti"?

Have you ever been to a parade where the people marching along tossed candy to the crowd? If so, you already know a lot about the history of "confetti." "Confetti" comes from the plural of "confetto," the Italian word for "a little candy or bonbon." The Italians had a custom of throwing candies (or bits of paper meant to imitate candies) at festivals. We borrowed their word and custom to liven up our own celebrations.
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