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February 2016

language

Italian language has a new word, thanks to internet. Or not?

2016-02-28 • By

The story of a neologism in Italian language invented by an eight years old student and pushed by social networks.

A new word has just entered in the Italian language. It was invented by a 8 years old child, Matteo, during the Italian lesson, in an exercise on adjectives. The story was a trend topics for a couple of days and it even peeked out in international news.
To cut it short: to describe a flower, the student used the adjective “petaloso” to mean that it’s full of petals, but the word doesn’t (didn’t!) exist in Italian. His teacher marked it as a mistake, but the word is constructed by adding to the word “petalo” (petal) the suffix “-oso” meaning full of. The teacher sent it for an evaluation to the Accademia della Crusca, the Italian National Institution of Language. Which, surprisingly (or not?) answered with a letter explaining to Matteo that the word grammatically made sense and it was clear and comprehensible.

Nevertheless, to become a word of Italian language it must be understood and used by a great number of people in many sentences.

food

Ten Italian food Instagram accounts you want to follow

2016-02-07 • By

Ten Italian food Instagram profiles to get inspired for your dinner (or lunch, or breakfast…)

If you like cooking Italian food Instagram is a great resource. In Italy, as everywhere, there’s plenty of food blogs. It’s enough you have a look to the website of the Italian food blog association to have an idea of what the web offers. Moreover, most of these blogs are in Italian, which makes them less useful for an English speaking audience.
My personal opinion is that what makes a food blog really outstanding are original and stylish photographs. That’s why I’m summarizing here my favourite foodie Instagram profiles. I’m often too lazy to cook something new, but sometimes a nice photo inspires me to try. Sometimes it just makes me hungry!