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Parole Parole

Launched in 2017, Parole Parole is our home-made web series. Every week, we present an Italian word, be it old, new, out of use, impossible to translate, strange, quintessentially Italian, or used all around the world. It features famous guests of Casa Italiana, as well as students, professors and Casa members.
 

Parole Parole: "Faccendiere"

Today's word is FACCENDIERE, Italian for a hustler or a lobbyist, used mostly in political...

Parole Parole: "Figuraccia"

Today's word is FIGURACCIA, Italian for a gaffe or for making a fool of oneself.

Parole Parole: "Salve"

Today's word is SALVE, an Italian greeting that can be used in both formal and colloquial...

Parole Parole: "Vignarola"

Today's word is VIGNAROLA, a dish originating from the Roman vineyards.

Parole Parole: "Terrone"

Today's word is TERRONE, a racial slur aimed at people from the southern end of the country.

Parole Parole: "Nepotismo"

Today's word is NEPOTISMO, like its English equivalent "nepotism" it finds historic roots in the...

Parole Parole: "Aperitivo"

Today's word is APERITIVO, the Italian cocktail accompanied by food.

Parole Parole: "Codesto"

Today's word is CODESTO, a rare Italian pronoun.

Parole Parole: "Banca"

Today's word is BANCA, Italian for "bank."

Featuring NYU Professor Karl Appuhn.

Parole Parole: "Simpatico"

Today's word is SIMPATICO, a difficult word to translate that means a combination of someone's...

Parole Parole: "Sprezzatura"

Today's word is SPREZZATURA, indicating the nonchalanche necessary to make something difficult...

Parole Parole: "Struggimento"

Today's word is STRUGGIMENTO, literally and figuratively signifying something that falls apart...