I've long been amused by hearing Americans of Italian descent speak Italian-American regarding food. Drop all final vowels seems to be the rule, along with some nonsense words, like "minga" which seems to be an expression of surprise or astonishment, but is not found in the dictionary--Italian or English. For example, "Minga! that's a salty proshoot." Anybody know the origin of "minga"? I'd like to know.