Twelve dialect words you'll need to know to survive in Rome

Feb 20, 2017 1254

BY: Catherine Edwards

If you're planning to visit - or even settle down in - the Italian capital, you'll likely want to blend in as much as possible. But phrasebook Italian isn't going to cut it in the cobbled streets and crowded bars of Rome. To really impress, you'll have to master the local lingo.

The Roman dialect was being singled out by poet Dante as the ugliest in all of Italy. He said it wasn't worthy of being described as a 'vulgar tongue' but was merely 'profanity'. In fact, some people call the dialect 'Romanaccio' (instead of the more formal 'Romanesco'), with the term 'accio' usually carrying negative connotations.

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