Word of the Day

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...

Word of the Day: Mozzafiato

Well, if there is a word Italy feels definitely comfortable with, it must be mozzafiato . Compound of the verb mozzare (to cut) and fiato (breath),...

Word of the Day: Fare il filo

Let ’ s face reality: true or not, Italians have a name for being great lovers and incredible charmers. Call it the Rudy Valentino effect, blame it...

Word of the Day: Andiamo

We are all familiar with the verb andare , which is nothing more than to go . Just like its English cousin, andare likes to get its way in...

Word of the Day: Forza

Forza! Italy’s own way to show support and invite to hold on when things get difficult, is one little powerful word. And powerful is, indeed, the...

Word of the Day: Accidenti

Hands down, accidenti is one of the most common words we use. In truth, there is something in the very sound of it that helps release stress. That’s...

Word of the Day: Allora

Non iniziare mai una frase con “allora”! Or so say all Italian primary school teachers to their pupils. And they are certainly right, at least when...

Word of the day: Strozzapreti

Also known as strangolapreti, strozzapreti are not as dangerous as their name may hint at. Far from being an anti-clerical instrument of torture (...

Word of the Day: Mezzogiorno

Le campane di mezzogiorno , the bells chiming at midday, in my village have a special sound. Now I know it is because lunch time isn’t rung in by our...

Word of the Day: Tombola

Every Italian received a Tombola set as a Christmas present at some stage of their childhood. Mine, however, was a bit of a historical relic, as I...

Word of the Day: Fanfara

…And indeed it does, because the Italian word fanfara comes from the French fanfare which originated from the onomatopoeic sounds of a brass band...