Hello everyone!

One year has passed since Covid-19 and still it is ruling over our lives like day one. Allow me to say that we all have reached a point where we no longer have any sort of motivation goals, we live our lives day by day hoping for the best in order to get back to them…

And since it has been a long time I didn’t write on my blog, here I am with this new post:

The other day I had a dinner with some friends and one of the arguments we were talking about was the “paparazzi phenomenon” and while the others were talking, the first thing that came to my mind was: “where does this word come from? I have to analyze It…”.  So the word “paparazzi” reminds me of “papera” (duck) said in a derogatory way and as its sound is annoying and unstoppable we can relate it to the clicks of the cameras. So I told my friends my theory, but then one of them searched for the word in Internet and Mr. Google revealed in an article that this word comes from the last name of an Italian photographer who worked with Federico Fellini, great movie director. So according to the Italian grammar the singular form of the word paparazzo has the plural form paparazzi! Also, I started to read about this and I found out that this word could come from “paparazze” (the clams of the Adriatic coast). They bring the snap of the shells closer to that of the camera shutter. Curious eh?

Another theory says that this word comes from a mix between the words “pappataci” (mosquitos) and “ragazzo” (boy). This last theory was said by the wife of Fellini.

So, there is not an official theory about the origin of this word but I imagine that the most credible one is the one of Mr. Paparazzo, the Italian photographer.

I am happy that now I discovered something new and that I could share it with you guys 🙂

You never end to learn, right? I wish you all a nice week, stay safe and let’s catch up for new curiosities 🙂


Mi scusi? O scusa?

Hello everyone, today I would like to write about the polite forms we use when we talk to people. I am talking about the formal and the informal ways that we use during conversations.

In Italian we have the “you” form and the “lei” form, what do I mean by these?

I mean that if we talk with someone we know or we are related to, we use the “you” form; while if we talk to someone we don’t know, an older person or an authority, then we use the “lei” form, which is considered also a form of respect:

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