Meaning of Ostia

What is Ostia:

It is known as ostia to oysters. Oysters are headless, lamellibranch mollusks, with uneven, rough shells that are grayish on the outside and pearly white on the inside. Likewise, oysters live attached to marine rocks and their meat is highly valued for being edible.

With the name of ostia (currently known as Ostia Antica), the ancient population of Italy was called, considered the first colony of Rome, located next to the mouth of the Tiber River. As such, Ostia was the port of Rome and was the commercial port of the Empire.

The city disappeared with the end of the Roman Empire, the constant invasions and looting of the pirate Arabs and with the arrival of the malaria epidemic, the inhabitants who did not die, fled to save themselves. As a result of the above, Ostia became one of the best archaeological sites in Rome, which is why it is highly visited by tourists in order to visualize the road, buildings, temples, Jewish synagogue, and Christian basilica that decorated the city.

Ostia and host

The words ostia and hostia are referred to as homophone terms, that is, they have the same pronunciation but their meaning and writing are different.

In the first place, the word host is a round and thin sheet of unleavened bread, which is made for the sacrifice of the mass, communion of the faithful. Now, with respect to these two terms there is a strong confusion to make use of strong interjections, in this case, it is correct to use the word host with "h" to denote surprises, admiration, astonishment, as well as, blow, slap , etc., for example: uncle, what a beautiful car you have!

In view of the misuse, it is currently observed that "host" has been replaced by some individuals by the word "oysters", so when you hear any interjection with this term it is in order to refer to the word "host" .

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