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The paradigm of Italian hand-gestures

Main piece: Background: P.S.: It happened to me countless times, when abroad or speaking with non-Italians citizens, to receive this gesture, articulated in senseless ways, as an answer to my “I am Italian”, and…I don’t know, it has always been for me quite funny, but irritating at the same time. My informant was born in… Continue Reading »


Main piece: Ummarell Transliteration in Italian: omarello, omino, ometto Transliteration in English: little man Translation: old man who is retired  M.P.: This is a typical Bolognese expression, which indicates those old men who are like retired and spend their time looking at construction sites. In the common imaginary they are portrayed in their typical pose,… Continue Reading »