i never realised that ‘tiramisu’ could be parsed!
Literally, tirare– to pull/pick; mi– me; su– up.
Pick me up. Of course. If coffee and marsala wine won’t do that, you couldn’t be picked up anyway. It is an imperative, hence the adjoining of the object and the preposition (i’d never seen prepositions joined to the imperative but at the bullet pace at which they speak spaces/separations between words are of little consequence. Perhaps we should have cakes called

Flourless chocolate stuffed with jack daniels truffles for the cajoling of unyielding partners to bend to your will
Strawberry sponge with chantilly cream laced with the truth drug
Flambeed Christmas pudding filled with little silver toys to keep ornery children occupied for hours on end



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