Italian Word of the Day: Putiferio (commotion / rumpus)

Some Italian words lend themselves to exploration, and putiferio is one such gem. It’s the perfect term for describing a commotion, uproar, or rumpus in Italian. putiferio commotion / uproar / rumpus This word, according to the Devoto-Oli dictionary, is a deformation of the word vituperio, meaning bitter or abusive language. It is derived from …

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Italian Word of the Day: Sposo (groom)

Many beginners know that the word for husband is marito in Italian, but a less commonly known word is sposo, which is the Italian for groom or bridegroom. sposo groom / bridegroom The feminine equivalent is sposa which, unsurprisingly, means bride. In its plural form, sposi, this word can mean two different things depending on …

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Italian Word of the Day: Noia (boredom / bore)

You might already know the verb annoiarsi (to be bored), but you’re less likely to have come across the noun noia (boredom / bore). I was inspired to write about this word because it’s the title of Italy’s Eurovision submission by Angelina Mango! noia boredom / bore The word originates from Provençal enoja, derived from …

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Italian Word of the Day: Fazzoletto (handkerchief / tissue)

Italian word "fazzoletto"

What do you reach for when you need to blow your nose? An old-fashioned handkerchief or a disposable tissue? Regardless of your choice, you’ll find solace in knowing that the Italian word for both of these items is the same: fazzoletto. fazzoletto handkerchief / tissue Fazzoletto is the diminutive of the archaic term fazzolo, a …

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Italian Word of the Day: Scaramanzia (superstition)

Scaramanzia is a particular subset of superstizione (superstition) aimed at averting perceived negative influences associated with people, places, and objects through the use of phrases such as magic spells, gestures, and items like amulets and lucky charms. While these practices vary across cultures and time periods, they are prevalent worldwide, and Italy is no exception. …

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Italian Word of the Day: Corteccia (bark)

Italian word "corteccia"

The word for the bark that covers a tree is corteccia. The word originates from the Latin corticĕa, the feminine form of the adjective corticĕus, derived from cortex -tĭcis, meaning bark. corteccia bark Here are the definite and indefinite articles you should use with this feminine noun. Note that in its plural form, cortecce, the …

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