LindyLouMac from the fantastic blog News from Italy tagged me over on her blog. Favorite Italian words: The Sequel (Lindylou is from the UK, and like us Australians spells favourite with a U...but since the originator of the tag is American, I too have left the U out.
Now this request is easier said than done as I have never really thought about my favourite words!
1) I guess my favourite words are Amore Mio which is one of the names I use for the bel fidanzato. It means 'my love' but that just is so corny when you translate it into English!! In Italian however it is lovely, and I use it all the time. I also use just amore or amo. I never actually use bel fidanzato's name.
2) Now this is not a word, but 2 words that I love saying: Che palle! The literal translation is What balls! but it is a very commonly used phrase that is a softer version of saying che c**zo. I guess a little like saying Damn! in English. I cannot remember where I learnt this phrase, but it was either the bel fidanzato or my ex-colleague from Taormina since those 2 have been my main 'italian teachers.'
3) My next word may be a strange word to be on the list, but I love it. Pipistrello which means bat (the animal) in English.
Bat...pipistrello...bat...pipistrello - come on! Surely you see why I love that word! Again not sure where I learnt that word but I'll tell you something rather personal that I am sure you wish I had not told you...When I need to go to the toilet, rather then say devo fare pipi (I have to wee) I say (only to the bel fidanzato) devo fare pipistrello - because for some reason I think it is the funniest thing! I laugh all the time and now say it automatically. I am sure I've had many a strange look from an Italian as I call out to bel fidanzato that I have to make a bat.
4) I have a lot of favourite words that derive from a pig. Some are rude, and some are cute, so I'll share the cute one which I use all the time. Porcellina - which means little pig. I am a porcellina when it comes to eating anything sweet! I also love the saying Porca P*t*ana but will not mention that as it is a little rude.
5) I also love the word dai - which is pronounced like the word die - but which sort of means 'come on.' I always use it in the car when some fool does something illegal/dangerous/stupid in front of me. "Ma dai signora!" "But come on woman!" You need to have the right tone of voice, and use a little hand gesture with it. I also use it when I am impatient and there is some fool in front of me at the supermarket for example "dai!" come on! If I am angry then often # 2 (above) will follow.
Oh and I have to add in number 6) as I love saying it "Boh" It's sort of pronounced like Homer Simpsons Doh! and means nothing, it's just a noise really..but the noise means 'I don't know' 'I don't care' 'I have no idea....' - you get the gist. It is a little noise but I use it all the time. I love it!!
Does anyone reading this have a favourite Italian word?