Word of the Day: Coraggio

Apr 21, 2020 491

If there is one thing people have been showing these days, that’d be coraggio (coh-rah-djoh). Its meaning is simple, because the Italian sounds and looks a lot like the English courage, which is exactly what it means. 

Coraggio comes from two Latin words, cor, which means “heart,” and the verb habeo, which means “to have”so, at least at the beginning, it meant something like “having heart.” It evolved into some quirky Vulgar Latin words, like coraticum, but it came to our beautiful language through Provençal, an ancient variety of French (it’s a bit more complicated, but let’s leave it at that). 

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SOURCE: https://italoamericano.org/

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