Wednesday, September 29, 2010

from the archives ~ 15 of my favorite Italian words


1. violino ~ violin. This was one of the first words I heard my husband speak. When he said it, it sounded like music and was the start of my love affair with the Italian language.



2. mirtillo ~ blueberry.



3. dondolone ~ loafer, ne'er-do-well. This word comes from the word meaning to rock, to sway. The image is of swaying in the breeze without a care in the world.



4. sensuale ~ sensual. So much better than the English version.



5. affascinante ~ literally fascinating, charming. A beautiful word to describe a person or thing that irresistibly draws you in.



6. porcheria ~ filth, dirt, muck. This word comes from the word porco (pig), and is great for when you want to call something really gross, especially in a moral sense.



7. sussurrare ~ to whisper. Ah, so perfect a word for what it describes...



8. azzurro ~ light blue.



9. aurora ~ dawn. Not just the time of day, but also the color and sensation, also in a figurative sense. One of the most beautiful words.



10. cretino ~ idiot, nitwit. Quite literally cretin. I love this word to describe a fool.



11. luna ~ moon.



12. ninfea ~ waterlily.



13. vendemmia ~ grape harvest. But that's not all, also a season, a celebration.



14. farfalla ~ butterfly.



15. amore ~ love. The real thing.

1 comments:

Jennifer said...

luna, amore and porcheria are on my list too.

 

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