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Imħobża is officially declared as a new word in the Maltese vocabulary

Published: February 6, 2021

Maypole’s Imħobża has been formally recognized as a new word within the Maltese vocabulary.  This was announced earlier today by the Minister for Education, the Honourable Justyne Caruana during a press conference at the Gozo Maypole Bakery Cafe’ within the Gozitano Complex in Gozo.

Maypole Director Sebastian Debono said that Maypole was honoured to contribute towards the Maltese vocabulary and culture even in this manner.  He said that most bread was testimony towards a particular time or had historical connotations. Examples include the Maltese brown bread on which most Maltese families survived during the war, the Qagħqa tal-Appostli and il-Ħobża ta’ San Martin amongst others.

L-Imħobża is a heart shaped bread indicating Saint Valentines week, the international day dedicated to love.   Mr. Debono said that the Imħobża, can be used by any bakery, and is a testimonial in itself to the love bakers have for the bread they bake daily.

Prof Michael Spagnol, himself an authority for the Maltese language said that the word Imħobża combines “imħabba” and “ħobża”, thus making sense not only from a grammatical point of view but also as a term.

Minister Caruana praise Maypole’s initiative and congratulated the company on the official launch of the Imħobża while encouraging other companies to follow suit so as to contribute to the growth of our own language.

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