日本のスパゲッティは、いちいちパスタと言っていて奇妙です。

I don't see what could mean "one by one pasta" in this context?

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    look up いちいち by itself. If you still have questions, let us know what was confusing about the vocabulary. – ericfromabeno Nov 26 at 15:42
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    Related: japanese.stackexchange.com/q/27359/5010 – naruto Nov 26 at 15:51
  • I looked in the dictionary before asking this question and I have now looked the question posted by Naruto but I still don't understand in this particular case what it means. – Sante Kyaku Nov 26 at 16:00
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As was mentioned in naruto's link, いちいち is a word that implies that someone is saying or doing something step by step or giving a long-winded explanation, and helps convey the speaker's annoyance about this.

いちいち言って is basically "to annoyingly insist" or "to keep saying over and over (despite my lack of interest/despite how unimportant it is)" or "to go on and on about"

日本のスパゲッティは、いちいちパスタと言っていて奇妙です。

would thus be translated as something along the lines of

"It's strange to harp on and on, insisting on calling Japanese spaghetti a 'pasta' dish."  

or adhering more closely to the Japanese word order:

"For Japanese spaghetti, annoyingly insisting on referring to it as 'pasta' is strange."

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