A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from April 21, 2023
“The Costco sample lady called spanikopita ‘spankopedia’ and I’m still disappointed…”

“Spanakopita” is a Greek spinach-cheese pie. It’s an unusual name, and is sometimes jocularly spelled “spankopedia” (like “spank” and “Wikipedia”). Some people are then disappointed that the dish does not involve spanking.
     
“Just saw an ad for frozen ‘spanakopita,’ which I read as ‘spankopedia’” was posted on Twitter by Teresa Ortega on November 6, 2009. “Little niece trying to tell us we’re having spanikopita, not so hot with the pronunciation. Our new favorite food name: ‘spankopedia’!” was posted on Twitter by Ellen on May 8, 2011. “The Costco sample lady called spanikopita ‘spankopedia’ and I’m still disappointed it turned out to be a spinach thing” was posted on Twitter by 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗸’𝘀 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲 🍁 on April 14, 2023.
   
     
Wikipedia: Spanakopita
Spanakopita ( /ˌspænəˈkɒpɪtə, ˌspɑː-, -ˈkoʊ-/; Greek: σπανακόπιτα, from σπανάκι spanáki ‘spinach’, and πίτα píta ‘pie’ ) is a Greek savory spinach pie. It often also contains cheese, typically feta, and may then be called spanakotiropita (Greek: σπανακοτυρόπιτα “spinach-cheese pie”), especially in northern Greece.[citation needed] In southern Greece, the term spanakopita is also common for the versions with cheese. A version without cheese and eggs is eaten during religious fasts throughout Greece.
     
Twitter
Teresa Ortega
@tinyrooster
Just saw an ad for frozen “spanakopita,” which I read as “spankopedia.” #fb
5:38 PM · Nov 6, 2009
     
Twitter
Ellen
@Ellen_Bee99
Little niece trying to tell us we’re having spanikopita, not so hot with the pronunciation. Our new favorite food name: “spankopedia”!
5:43 PM · May 8, 2011
   
Twitter
🍑 David E. King 🍑
@reliablecomics
I pronounce it “spankopedia.”
12:20 AM · Jan 1, 2012
   
Twitter
Stephanie
@smpollard
@Tazikis_Bham my dad loves your spanakopita roll ups!  He calls it “spankopedia” though 😊
12:33 PM · Apr 4, 2012
   
Twitter
🗯️
@brookelonegan
“For many many years I thought that dish on all the diner menus- spanikopita- was pronounced spankopedia” -
@thevillageelder
10:22 PM · Jul 27, 2013
   
Twitter
Jenna
@chai_maz
My new favorite word was spawned from a mispronunciation. Spanakopita is now and forever Spankopedia. #itsallgreektome
2:39 PM · Nov 14, 2013
 
Twitter
ジェレミー
@jdenhe
@AndyRichter I’ll take a spankopedia
7:56 PM · Nov 14, 2014
   
Twitter
Double Whiskey Coke No Ice
@Sean_AllDay
I’m incapable of pronouncing this any other way than “spankopedia”.
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Seamless
@Seamless
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Feb 22, 2016
New week, new Greek. #spanakopita #spinachpie
11:41 AM · Feb 22, 2016
   
Twitter
peepaw
@ballergoblin69
I just read spanakopita as “spankopedia”
12:05 PM · May 26, 2017
   
Twitter
maestro🌹
@7h3_m43s7r0
when i see the word ‘spanakopita’ i always say ‘spankopedia’ in my mind
4:18 PM · Jun 9, 2017
   
Twitter
Chris Colwell
@GMcrates
My brain read this as “I love spankopedia” ... like the encyclopedia… of spank… I guess??? It was awkward
9:12 PM · Sep 2, 2017
   
Twitter
Lori Ciesla
@LoriCiesla
I don’t always pronounce words correctly. Yesterday was “spankopedia”, my version of spanakopita. Close enough! According to #AncestryDNA I’m only 2% Greek. I tried!! #FridayFeelings #TGIF #Foodies
2:51 PM · Feb 1, 2019
   
Twitter
𝙜 𝙖 𝙡 𝙚 𝙣 GOD KING OF VIDEO GAMES
@GalenNDrew
The best thing @IsMeLully has said today is call spanikopita spankopedia
10:34 PM · Apr 16, 2020
   
Twitter
Lawyer in Beta 0.9.9
@lawyerinbeta
I will never not read “spanakopita” as “spankopedia”
12:18 PM · Feb 7, 2021
   
Twitter
C!
@mynameisaverb
One of the greatest moments of my teenage years was the time my family was at a Greek restaurant and the guy at the table next to us ordered “Spankopedia” instead of “Spanakopita”.
5:16 PM · Aug 9, 2021
 
Twitter
𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗸’𝘀 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲 🍁
@BrickMahoney
The Costco sample lady called spanikopita ‘spankopedia’ and I’m still disappointed it turned out to be a spinach thing
8:30 PM · Apr 14, 2023
 
Twitter
CATOTUS
@ECHO_CATOTUS
Spankopedia sounds like a website you can go to and learn about all the different ways there are to spank stuff 😬
9:13 PM · Apr 14, 2023

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