11 febbraio 2011

Cheapuccino

An inexpensive, low-quality cappuccino, particularly one from a vending machine; a cappuccino made from brewed or instant coffee. Also: cheappuccino. [Blend of "cheap" and "cappuccino"]

Notes: The word "cappuccino" comes from the Capuchin monks, who were noted for wearing a robe that included a sharp-pointed hood, called a capuche. Legend has it that a monk named Marco d'Aviano invented the cappuccino in Vienna when the Turkish army broke of its siege of that city and left behind sacks of coffee so bitter that the monks had to cut it with milk to drink it. The resulting beverage was about the same color as the monk's brown robes, too, so that may also have had something to do with the name.

Source: Word Spy