Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb evaporare. This verb literally means to evaporate, but it is often used by Italians to talk about excessive heat. 

You might translate this as to boil or to swelter.

You will hear this expression more often in the south of Italy, but it would not be strange to hear it in Rome or even in Milan!

See the verb used below:

Che caldo che faceva l’estate scorsa, ti ricordi? Siamo evaporati dal caldo quel giorno a Lecce. Ci saranno stati 35 gradi!

How hot was it last summer, do you remember? We sweltered in the heat that day in Lecce. It must have been 35 degrees!

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appioppare un nomignolo (a qualcuno)

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the expression appioppare un nomignolo (a qualcuno), which means to pin/hang a nickname (on someone).

See the expression used below:

A scuola, i compagni di mio fratello gli hanno appioppato il nomignolo di Mozart perché lui ama stare davanti al pianoforte quando gli altri ragazzi giocano a calcio.

At school, my brother’s classmates pinned the nickname “Mozart” on him because he loves to be at the piano when the other kids are playing soccer.

il cocco del professore

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun il cocco del professore, which means teacher’s pet. You know: the student who sits in front of the class, is always called on and enjoys helping the teacher out in class.

See our example used below:

Tutti i colleghi di Marcello lo odiano perché in aula si siede sempre davanti al professore, interviene durante le lezioni e ha sempre una risposta pronta. Secondo noi è il cocco del professore Argento.

All of Marcello’s classmates hate him because in class he always sits in front of teacher, participates during the lesson and always has a response ready. In our opinion he is Professor Argento’s teacher’s pet.

permettersi (come ti permetti)

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb permettersi, which has a variety of meanings. For today’s post, this verb means to dare, as in How dare you. In Italian, this can be rendered with the expression Come ti permetti.

See our example below:

Hai preso tu i cinquanta euro dal mio salvadanaio? Ho risparmiato molto per arrivare a quella cifra, come ti permetti?

You took fifty euro from my piggy bank? I saved a lot to get to that amount, how dare you?


Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb saltare, which means to skip or to miss something, such as an event or meal.

When used transitively, saltare requires avere in compound tenses. The past participle is saltato.

See the verb used below in its context:

Peccato che Roger Federer salti il Roland Garros! È uno dei miei tennisti preferiti.

It’s a pity Roger Federer is skipping Roland Garros! He is one of my favorite tennis players.

NB: Note the use of the subjunctive (il congiuntivo) with Peccato che.


lo sgabello

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun, lo sgabello, which means (barstool. See the noun used below in its context:

Quando vado a mangiare al ristorante, preferisco sedermi sugli sgabelli perché li trovo più comodi delle sedie. Mi piace sedermi su una posizione più alta, così posso vedere meglio il locale!

When I go eat at the restaurant, I prefer to sit on the stools, because I find them more comfortable than the chairs. I like to sit up high so I can see the place better.

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