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Pastiche vs pistachio

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  • Pastiche and pistachio are two words that are sometimes confused. We will examine the difference between the definitions for pastiche and pistachio, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

    A pastiche is an artistic work such as music, theater, literature or the visual arts that imitates another period, style or artist or is composed of imitations of various sources. A pastiche is considered a celebration of the period, style or artist that is imitated. Pastiche may be used as a noun or a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are pastiches, pastiched, pastiching. The word pastiche is derived from the Italian word pasticcio, which means a medley pastry cake.

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    A pistachio is an edible green seed originating in Asia, related to the cashew. At one time pistachios were dyed red in order to cover unappetizing stains that occurred during the harvesting process of pistachios. However, new harvesting techniques have eliminated these stains and rendered the need for the red dye obsolete. The word pistachio is derived from the Greek word pistakion. The plural form is pistachios.

    Examples

    (If it comes to homage and pastiche, I’m only just coming to terms with the way Aki Kaurismäki’s bar-room scenes are a tribute to this film.) (The Guardian)

    The evening is a pastiche of vocal, instrumental, and theatrical performances, plus exhibitions and demonstrations by student and faculty artists in glass, ceramics, metals, and the digital arts. (The Toledo Blade)

    Perhaps such a record – over 903 million pounds of pistachios were harvested in California, Arizona and New Mexico in late 2016 – is fitting for an industry organization celebrating its 10th anniversary, though it wasn’t just total production the American Pistachio Growers (APG) had cause to celebrate at its annual conference held in February in Palm Desert, Calif. (The Western Farm Press)

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