Sicilian Italy

Cu nasci tunnu, nun pò moriri quatratu

Idiom USED Very frequently BY Everyone

(The one who was born in the shape of a square, cannot die shaped like a circle) • It’s used when someone promises you that they will change their attitude, but then never changes and keeps making the same mistakes.

When you promised your mum you were always going to clean up your room, but you don’t she says “cu nasci tunnu nun po moriri quatratu”

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Sicilian Sicily, Italy

bedda

Word USED Very frequently BY Everyone

(n.) • (beautiful) • It literally means beautiful, so don't be surprised if Sicilian grannies call you that.

“Ciao, bedda!”

“Hello, beautiful”

Confirmed by 8 people

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Sicilian Sicily, Italy

Comu semu?

Standard Phrase USED Very frequently BY Everyone

(How are we (doing)?) • This is what you say when you meet someone you haven’t seen in a while and you want to know what’s new and how they're doing.

"We Carmelo, comu semu?"

"Hey Carmelo, what’s up?"

Confirmed by 3 people

Sicilian Italy

pani duru e cuteddu ca nun tagghia

Idiom USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

(stale bread and knife that doesn’t cut) • Used to describe incompetent people who cannot carry out a task successfully.

"La segreteria non ha risolto il mio problema con il portale studenti." "Pane ruru e cuteddu ca nun tagghia."

"The student’s office didn’t help me solve my problem with the student’s webpage." "Stale bread and knife that doesn't cut."

Sicilian Sicily, Italy

paparedda

Name USED Very frequently BY Almost Everyone

(duckling) • Used to refer to a pretty girl you see on the street. Especially used in the province of Catania.

“Oh paparedda, che si dice?”

''Hey duckling, how are you doing?''

Sicilian Sicily, Italy

petri petri

Expression USED Very frequently BY Almost Everyone

(n.) • (stones stones) • It’s used when you’re in a bad situation.

"Ma vitti petri petri!"

"I saw it stones stones!"

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Sicilian Sicily, Italy

mbare

Slang USED Very frequently BY Mostly guys

(n.) • Used to refer to a friend in his presence, like "buddy".

"Comu semu, mbare, tutt'a posto?"

"How are you, buddy, you all right?"

Confirmed by 4 people