Cu nasci tunnu, nun pò moriri quatratu *

* The one who was born in the shape of a square, cannot die shaped like a circle

Sicilian Italy

Idiom USED Very frequently BY Everyone

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”





* beautiful

Sicilian Sicily, Italy

Word USED Very frequently BY Everyone

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

“Ciao, bedda!”

“Hello, beautiful”

Confirmed by 8 people



Comu semu? *

* How are we (doing)?

Sicilian Sicily, Italy

Standard Phrase USED Very frequently BY Everyone

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

pani duru e cuteddu ca nun tagghia*

* stale bread and knife that doesn’t cut

Sicilian Italy

Idiom USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

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."


* duckling

Sicilian Sicily, Italy

Name USED Very frequently BY Almost Everyone

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?''

petri petri *

* stones stones

Sicilian Sicily, Italy

Expression USED Very frequently BY Almost Everyone

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

"Ma vitti petri petri!"

"I saw it stones stones!"




Sicilian Sicily, Italy

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