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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: "Borbottare"

Today's word is BORBOTTARE, Italian for mumbling, or grumbling.

Parole Parole: "Azzeccagarbugli"

Today's word is AZZECCAGARBUGLI, a proper name from Manzoni's "The Betrothed" that has become a...

Parole Parole: "Canovaccio"

Today's word is CANOVACCIO, the plot outline of Commedia dell'Arte theater.

Parole Parole "Impiccio"

Today's word is IMPICCIO, Italian for hindrance.

Parole Parole: "Insomma"

Today's word is INSOMMA, an Italian adverb that changes its meaning according to the speaker's...

Parole Parole: "Menomale"

Today's word is MENOMALE, the Italian equivalent of "Thank God."

Parole Parole: "Paparazzo"

Today's word is PAPARAZZO, an Italian antonomasia derived from Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" to...

Parole Parole: "Perpetua"

Today's word is PERPETUA, an Italian antonomasia for the female helper of a priest.

Parole Parole: "Erboristeria"

Today's word is ERBORISTERIA, Italian for herbalist.

Featuring author Fred Plotkin.

Parole Parole: "Malfattore"

Today's word is MALFATTORE, Italian for evil-doer.

Parole Parole: "Fifa"

Today's word is FIFA, Italian for fear.

Featuring NYU student Mariluna Beacy.

Parole Parole: "Cianfrusaglie"

Today's word is CIANFRUSAGLIE, Italian for useless miscellanea.