Italian Word of the Day: Spazzatura (garbage / trash)

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I never cease to be amazed at how Italian manages to make even the ugliest things in life sound beautiful. This is certainly the case with the word spazzatura which translates as garbage, trash or rubbish. Spazzatura is a feminine noun whose plural form is spazzature. la spazzaturauna spazzatura le spazzature* delle spazzature* *Note: keep …

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Italian Word of the Day: Zerbino (doormat)

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Today’s word is zerbino which, as exotic as it sounds, actually refers to the humblest of household objects: the doormat. It comes from the Arabic zirbiy which translates as either rug or cushion. Zerbino is a masculine noun whose plural form is zerbini. Any masculine noun that starts with the letter z in Italian must …

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Italian Word of the Day: Specchio (mirror)

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The Italian word for a mirror is specchio. It comes from the Latin speculum, which is a derivative of the Latin verb specere meaning to look. Specchio is a masculine noun. Take away the final -o and you have the plural, specchi. uno specchiolo specchio degli specchigli specchi There are two ways to express the …

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Italian Word of the Day: Guardaroba (wardrobe)

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A key piece of furniture that occupies the corner of most bedrooms is the guardaroba, the word for a wardrobe in Italian. Derived from the French noun garde-robe, it is the combination of the verb garder (meaning ‘to guard’ or ‘to look after’) and robe (meaning ‘gown’ or ‘suit’). The word final -a might lead …

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Italian Word of the Day: Tazza (cup / mug)

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The word for any small bowl-shaped drinking container with a handle is tazza in Italian. Unlike most Italian words which derive from Latin, the origin of the word tazza can be traced back to the Arabic ṭasa. Two possible translations in English are cup and mug. Tazza is a feminine noun. The plural is tazze. …

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Italian Word of the Day: Asciugacapelli (hairdryer)

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The word for a hairdryer in Italian is asciugacapelli. Just like the English term, it is the combination of the verb asciugare (to dry) and capelli (hair). Asciugacapelli is a masculine noun and is invariable, which means that its plural form is the same as its singular form. l’asciugacapelliun asciugacapelli gli asciugacapellidegli asciugacapelli L’asciugacapelli ha …

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