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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: "Formicolìo"

Today's word is FORMICOLIO, Italian for a "swarm" or a "tingling sensation."

Parole Parole: "Ottimo"

Today's word is OTTIMO, Italian for "great," or "optimal."

Parole Parole: "Tamarro"

Today's word is TAMARRO, Italian for something or someone with very bad taste or vulgar.

Parole Parole: "Farfallone"

Today's word is FARFALLONE, Italian for the male butterfly, and figurative for a ladies-man.

Parole Parole: "Zizzania"

Today's word is ZIZZANIA, Italian for weeds, but commonly used to mean 'discord.'

Parole Parole: "Mimosa"

Today's word is MIMOSA, the flower variety traditionally used to celebrate International Women's...

Parole Parole: "Quarantena"

Today's word is QUARANTENA, Italian for quarantine.

Parole Parole: "Confetti"

Today's word is CONFETTI, an Italian candy, not to be confused with the English misuse of the...

Parole Parole: "Limonare / Pomiciare"

Today's words are LIMONARE and POMICIARE, two different verbs for "making out."

Parole Parole: "Pantofolaio"

Today's word is PANTOFOLAIO, Italian for a couch-potato.

Parole Parole: "Cabaret"

Today's word is CABARET, a form of theater that is slightly different from the anglo-saxon...

Parole Parole: "Abbuffata"

Today's word is ABBUFFATA, Italian for eating much more than necessary.