Residence: Dallas, Texas
Date of Performance/Collection: 4/6/19
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Italian, Spanish
Main piece: Proverb
“Good health for a hundred years”
Why does the informant know this piece?
Her family is Italian American and uses this proverb.
Where did the informant learn this piece?
She learned it from her family who uses the proverb when drinking or making toasts.
What does it mean to them?
It means to always keep your health as a priority and to wish good fortune and health to your loved ones and friends.
Context: This is an Italian American proverb that descends from the Italian word “Salute”, which means well being, and the Italian phrase “cent anno” which means one hundred years. It is a phrase that Italian Americans have blended the original Italian words to both sound differently and a slightly different mean than the direct translations. This proverb was collected in person at the informant’s dorm in Dallas, Texas.
Analysis: I find this proverb to be interesting because it is an example of a language being “Americanised.” It is an example of Italian Americans still connecting with their Italian culture but creating their own folklore for their community.