Word of the week: Mannaggia– it seems innocuous, but careful when you use it!

Mar 04, 2021 274

Italians often use the word mannaggia (mahn-nadj-dja) instead of others they think more offensive. It usually expresses annoyance or spite and can sometimes come in association with other words to create colorful sayings, such as mannaggia la miseria!,

which we render in English with “for goodness’ sake” or, quite simply, with “damn.” Very common is also the slightly less acceptable mannaggia a te, or “damn you,” which Italians tend to use only during the most heated diatribes.

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SOURCE: https://italoamericano.org

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