I don’t know any Italian people so my understanding of the unique cultural makeup of this fine nation comes almost exclusively from the exploits of the Italian-American family of The Sopranos and the few extremely attractive and intimidating ladies I briefly spoke to on a two-day trip to Milan five years ago.
I’m not going to be flying to Italy any time soon so what better way to get a brief glimpse inside the collective head of the Italians than by a look at the idiosyncrasies of their mother tongue. Read on for 7 illuminating Italian words you’ve never heard before.
Loved by cats and arty photographers the world over, there is no equivalent word in English for that dancing, smattering of light that you see on water or in a mirror. Gorgeous.
Definitely the most fun word on this list to pronounce, attaccabottoni is the least fun thing on this list to experience.
Closely related to the English word ‘naufragous’, naufragio means an event that is a disaster although I’m not sure it can really be applied to a party. Open a bottle of vodka and put a Whitesnake album on and you’ve got a non-naufragio party, my friend.
There may be an equivalent English expression with a meaning close to dormiveglia: my life.