Tiramisu word origin

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  1. harpua

    harpua

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    So we all know that tiramisu means “pick me up,” but a temp I was talking to (FOH even), explained to me that it meant it in a different way. Instead of it being an eye lifter, he says the single young ladies in the piazza would eat it as a signal to the young men that they wanted to be “picked up.” He was Sicilian but I don’t know what to think of it.

    Can anyone confirm or shed some light?
     
  2. flipflopgirl

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    I have seen and heard enuf crazy s--t in my life that I don't call BS until I can fact check somewhere besides the internet lol.
    Altho my snarky side says the code for a good time is a byproduct of the original "caffeine buzz" nickname.
    Thanks for the smile on what started out to be a dreary morning.
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  3. brianshaw

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    Hilarious. Seems like most things Italian take a twist in Siciliano.
     
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  4. foodpump

    foodpump

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    I'm not Italian, but isn't it spelled "Tiri mi su" ? Tiri= pull or pick up?
     
  5. drirene

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    Lol! Not according to Google.
     
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  6. smyrf

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    Hehe. It's more literally "pull me up" (tira being the imperative tense; tiri is indicative). This is nothing like how you would say to "pick up" in that sense, in Italian. So, myth busted. :)
     
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