Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Assaggiare

Assaggiare (ah-ss-ah-djah-rai) is one delicious verb: it means to taste, or try out, food. You may be familiar with expressions like fammi assaggiare...

Word of the Day: Scusa

Scusa ( sk-oo-sah), is just as ubiquitous in the Italian language as its translation, “ sorry , ” is in English, and it is used in the exact same way...

Word of the Day: Tormentone

In Italy, there isn’t a word as typical of Summer as tormentone (tohr-mehn-toh-nai). Our dictionaries say the word, which comes from the verb...

Word of the day: Boh

This week ’ s word is...not a word. Or at least it isn ’ t in the strictest of senses. The interjection boh (pronounced just as it is written, “ boh...

Word of the Day: Canicola

The thermometer reached unspeakable temperatures and Italy has been sweating hard. Watermelon sales sky rocketed: the ruby and green fruit is the...

Expression of the Day: Prendere la Palla al Balzo

Seize the opportunity, that’s what prendere la palla al balzo (prain-dai-rai lah pahl-lah ahl bahl-tsoh) means. Taken literally, it’s a way more...

Word of the Day: Magari

How would you like to win a billion dollars? Magari ! any Italian would certainly answer. “ Magari ” (pronounced: mah-gah-ree ) is a little popular...

Word of the Day: Macché

Macché ( mahk-kai ) is a word you may not hear as often as sì and no, but when you do, rest assured that what speakers are talking about doesn’t make...

Word of the Day: Guastafeste

We all know a guastafeste . Actually , we may even have been one, sometimes in our lives. Guastafeste has a relatively straight forward etymology: it...

Word of the Day: Scioglilingua

Sopra la panca la capra campa, sotto la panca la capra crepa*! There, that’s a scioglilingua . Scioglilingua is a bit of pronunciation conundrum in...

Word of the day: Al fresco

Al fresco dining: you hear it and images of bohemian terraces, furnished with early 20th century country style decor come to mind. A topiary here,...

Expression of the Day: Non ci piove

Non ci piove literally means “it doesn’t rain on it” but it hardly has anything to do with rainy days. In fact, non ci piove stands for the English “...

Word of the day: Ecco

Ecco , which comes from the Latin ecce , is a very versatile adverb indeed: we use it on its own, to present you with something we promised , when we...

Word of the Day: Sfizio

Togliersi qualche sfizio , (satisfy a quirky need) or even mangiare qualcosa di sfizioso (eating something tasty and indulgent) are popular...

Word of the Day: In Bocca al Lupo

In bocca la lupo is an expression that divides Italy in a half. It is used by everyone, everywhere and at any time, yet some believe that saying it...