Word of the Day (la parola del giorno)

Word of the Day: Fastidioso

After Thursday’s word of the day, when I explained that one cannot use the false-friend, annoiato to mean ‘annoyed,’ I’m sure everyone was thinking to themselves: ‘Well, Zvia, how does one say annoyed in Italian then? Tell us! Please tell us!’ OK, simmer down, I’ll tell you people! To say something is annoying or bothersome, you would … Continue reading

Word of the Day (la parola del giorno)

Word of the Day: Cianfrusaglia

Cianfrusaglia is the Italian noun (f) for knick-knack, bric-à-brac, or junk. Basically ‘stuff,’ especially stuff of not much value. The plural is cianfrusaglie. Word on the etymological street is that cianfrusaglia comes from the even more fun word to pronounce, cianciafruscola. That word then comes from ciancia, meaning idle chatter, and fruscolo/bruscolo, meaning a grain or speck of dust. … Continue reading