Word of the Day

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...