Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Cioè

Cioè (tcho-eh) is one of Italy’s most common intercalari, those words we like to throw here and there while we talk, but hey! It has a real meaning,...

Word of the Day: Pantofolaio

The Fall is, without a doubt, the favorite season for a pantofolaio (pahn-toh-foh-lah-ee-oh), because they can do what they prefer, without being...

Word of the Day: Cavolo

Cavolo! (cah-voh-loh) is one of those words you often don’t know whether you can or cannot say in public. When you were a child, your mom likely...

Word of the Day: Fannullone

If they tell you sei un fannullone (pronounced fahn-nool-loh-neh) you should either reconsider the people you hang with or your work ethics. While...

Word of the Day: Aspetta

Aspetta! What do you really know about the word aspetta? Well, we certainly know that aspetta (ah-speht-tah) comes from a mix of two Latin words,...

Expression of the Day: Me ne frego

Me ne frego (meh neh freh-goh) is a popular expression in Italian, that can be translated in English with “I don’t care” but also with the more...

Word of the day: Stufo

The expression essere stufo (ehs-eh-rai stoo-foh) comes from the Italian verb stufare , and began to be used with the meaning we are familiar with...

Word of the Day: Salve

Salve (sahl-vai), is a strange Italian word indeed. It is a Latin word — no, it “does not come from” Latin, it actually is Latin! — whose use is...

Expression of the Day: Roba da matti

“ That ’ s crazy! ” is probably one of the best translations you can get for our roba da matti ( roh-bah dah maht-tee), but you can also use “...

Word of the Day: Come No

Literally, come no (co-mai noh) means nothing. No, seriously: “like no.” That’s the literal meaning of the words. But in practice, it’s one common...

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...