Word of the Day

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...

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...

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