lo smottamento

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun lo smottamento, which means landslide. This noun comes from the verb smottare, which means to slide down. See the noun used below:

Dopo tre settimane di piogge torrenziali in montagna, la paura di uno smottamento di terra diventa davvero reale.

After three weeks of torrential rains in the mountains, the fear of a landslide is becoming a real possibility.

Grammar Point: Don’t forget lo and uno are the definite and indefinite articles for masculine nouns (like lo smottamento) that begin with s + consonantps– (lo psicologo), gn– (lo gnomo), y (lo yogurt) and (lo zaino).