Most of us don't spend time thinking about mac and cheese because we're too busy shoving it into our mouths with unhinged delight. But someone has asked a questioned that is haunting Twitter. It's like the chicken and the egg scenario—which came first—but about cheesy pasta.
Twitter user @cloutboyjojo asked, "so is macaroni and cheese "mac" because it’s short for macaroni...or is it because 'mac' is an acronym for macaroni and cheese," and everyone's brain broke.
so is macaroni and cheese "mac" because it’s short for macaroni...or is it because "mac" is an acronym for macaroni and cheese— j ø j ø 🍉 (@cloutboyjojo) February 13, 2018
Some people were stunned and horrified, either because they found this question unbelievably stupid or incredibly smart:
Some offered some compelling alternate theories:
You can't put up a picture of canned mac & cheese and tell someone else they are doing it wrong.— James Cleversy (@JCleverOne) February 14, 2018
But most people just gave the real answer, over and over and over:
does anyone ever think about how mac and cheese is like saying mac and cheese and cheese since mac means mac and cheese— MEG (@MegsDeAngelis) February 13, 2018
it’s short for macaroni otherwise it would be “macaroni and cheese and cheese”— elysia ☀︎ (@elysiagrimes) February 13, 2018
Short for macaroni. Hence why people say "mac and cheese"— Star Butterfly (@Nessiedezz) February 14, 2018
NO. Mac is short for MACaroni. As in, MAC(aroni) and Cheese. It's NOT an acronym— Benjy (!CruncHTimE!) (@the_benjy99) February 14, 2018
All right, relax, buzzkills. Mystery solved. But this double cheese suggestion actually sounds pretty good!