PAPARAZZI

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 🙂

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CORONA NEW VOCABULARY

Good morning guys and happy New year again!

Nothing changed since my last article… we are still in a lockdown season that unfortunately seems to never end! I know, it’s not easy for anyone, but keep strong and have faith!

We are not allowed to return to our daily lives, with our routines and other things, but we can take this period as a chance to really value life and what we have, and appreciate the little and simple things of it… what do you think?

My article today talks about how words changed in this period. Did you notice it? With this question I mean that words we heard before, were so positive and good but today, under corona season they have a totally different meaning or power for us.

For example, we knew that a positive person was the most beautiful thing in the world but now staying with a “positive” person is bad because we can be infected.

Also, to keep distance: we Italians are so bad at that because we like human touch and hugs, etc., but now we have to, we don’t have a choice. So, hugs and kisses are bad now. Lately we also use a lot this horrible word: “quarantine”, when we have to isolate ourselves, for example if we travel or have symptoms, which is a good word now because we prevent the worse from spreading. We constantly hear the words “restrictions”, “closed”, “ambulance”, “hospital”, “vaccine”, “infected”, “dead” and many more. These words are our reality today and they cause a lot of stress, depression and anxiety, etc…

This is our new vocabulary today! Sad right?

But along with these set of words I would like to add some that instead are meant to give hope and strength…I know that the words that I am going to share with you are well known, but maybe we can try to better understand them and to NOT take them for granted:

“Home”, “family”, “Earth”, “savings”, “love”, “hugs”, “health” and many more… keep them in mind because they will motivate you in your everyday life.

The most important word now is “Patience”, with this I mean that we must be patient to wait because better days are ahead and accept this situation with a positive mindset. Another great word is Gratitude: we must be grateful for what we have and that we are lucky to be able to see with the help of the social media our friends and family that live far away from us.  

My thoughts and support go to those who lost someone in their family because of this virus or they lost their freelance business because of the lack of money… I am with you! Meanwhile I am grateful to still have a good health, my family, a roof on me and food every day! The rest is just a vice that the new modern society led us to live with and for…

I hope we can go back to a normal life soon but with a better point of view!

Good luck everyone!

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UNFORGETTABLE CHRISTMAS!

Hi guys,

today I won’t write about languages or curiosities or cultures, etc.

Today I wish you all the best for the future since we’ve been through a very tough period!

Love each other, help each other and especially share with each other. Say nice and gentle words, words are powerful!

Stay safe and enjoy the basic and little things!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

BUON NATALE E FELICE ANNO NUOVO

FELIZ NAVIDAD Y FELIZ AÑO NUEVO

FELIZ NATAL E FELIZ ANO NOVO

GOD JUL OG GODT NYTTÅR

Federica

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