Word of the Day

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...