History Behind the Words

The Local teaches us five easy Italian words and where they came from.

This article, written by Catherine Edwards, appears on The Local.

Five easy Italian words with an interesting history

Have you ever wondered how Italy got its name? Or why we say ‘Lei’ when we talk to our bosses, or how the word ‘cappuccino’ came to be?

The Italian language has been shaped by centuries of cultural and historical developments, so that every word has a story behind it.

Italian speakers – and learners – will be familiar with each of the following words, and probably use them on a regular basis, but do you know where they come from? Read more at The Local…

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