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Spargette Fish - what was it?

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boctok

Reading an account of a Christmas Dinner in Mesopotamia with men of the Machine Gun Corps there's a reference to 'Spargette Fish'. Any guesses as to what that might have been?

 

I'm presuming some canned fish, but Google didn't give me any hits.

 

Anyone encountered anything similar, or got any suggestions?

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DavidOwen

Could it be spaghetti just spelt incorrectly?

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boctok

Thanks for the suggestion David --- yeah, 'spaghetti' was also Google's suggestion as a close-word-match - but it just didn't sound like a gastronomic match! :) Certainly, could be a possibility though - so appreciate the contribution!

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Gunner Hall

"Spargel"  is apparently German for  asparagus.   Not sure Asparagus is / was available to the Catering Corps in Mespot though.  

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jonbem

Spargette means "spread" in Italian I think so it could be fish paste? Or if for the officers perhaps some Gentleman's relish (anchovy paste)?

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jonbem
Posted (edited)

for a little more clarity, hence I guess "spargette" is "scatter" but could be "spread"

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Edited by jonbem

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jonbem

This then led me to......

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jonbem

and from https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/italian-english/spargere?q=spargere+la+voce

spargere
verb [ transitive ] /’spardʒere/
 

(gettare)

to scatter, to spread, to strew
spargere la semenzato scatter seeds
spargere le carte sulla scrivaniato spread papers on the desk
Synonym

liquido (versare)

to spill, to pour out, to shed
spargere il vino sulla tavolato spill wine on the table
Synonym
spargere lacrime
to shed tears
spargere sangue
to spill blood

(di qlco)

to spread, to strew
spargere di segatura il pavimentoto spread sawdust on the floor
Synonym

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