Word of the Day: Macché

Jun 12, 2019 244

Macché (mahk-kai) is a  word you may not hear as often as sì and no, but when you do, rest assured that what speakers are talking about doesn’t make them happy one bit. It is formed by the union of ma and che(“but” and “that”) and it appeared for the first time in the dictionary and use of La Bella Lingua at the end of the 16th century. 

Macché is the language equivalent of that piercing side glance you’d give to your mates when they suggest something utterly uncool or extremely boring to do on a Saturday night, and is often used to introduce your own suggestion or idea: Macché cinema! Stasera andiamo a sentire un po’di musica! (“No way we’re going to the cinema, tonight we’ll go listen to some music!”).

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SOURCE: https://italoamericano.org/

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