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.
Some people were stunned and horrified, either because they found this question unbelievably stupid or incredibly smart:
Some offered some compelling alternate theories.
"Once again our American cousins say things wrong lol. It's macaroni cheese there is no 'and' in it. Also whilst we are at it 'herbs' do not have a silent h in the word," wrote one person.
"You can't put up a picture of canned mac & cheese and tell someone else they are doing it wrong," added another.
Another person wrote an acrostic poem:
"I want some MAC
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?" as Meg wrote.
"Never heard anyone say “Cook some Mac” lmao but I’ve heard Mac & Cheese . So ima say Mac is short for macaroni." We agree.
"NO. Mac is short for MACaroni. As in, MAC(aroni) and Cheese. It's NOT an acronym," added yet another correct person. What are people thinking!
All right, relax, buzzkills. Mystery solved. But this double cheese suggestion actually sounds pretty good!