impantanarsi

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb, impantanarsi, which means to get bogged down or to get stuck.  The verb can be used literally (as in the first example, your foot falls into a puddle and you get yourself stuck inside it) or figuratively (as in the second example, by something that is difficult and takes time to complete). See the verb used below in its context:

Mentre uscivo da casa ho beccato una pozzanghera e ci sono andato a finire proprio dentro. Il risultato è stato che mi sono impantanato e sono dovuto tornare a casa a cambiarmi visto che ero tutto bagnato.

While I was going out, I got caught in a puddle, and I ended up inside it.  The result was that I got stuck, and I had to go home and change since I was all wet.

or

Ho deciso di seguire i corsi di recupero per recuperare i debiti scolastici sperando di sbrigarmi prima. Purtroppo erano troppo difficili e mi sono impantanato. Adesso sono costretto a seguirli in estate alla fine dell’anno scolastico. Non credo di passare molto tempo al mare quest’estate.

I decided to take make up classes to recover academic obligations, hoping to get through it early. Unfortunately, they were too difficult, and I got bogged down. Now I am stuck following them in the summer at the end of the school year.  I don’t think I will spend much time at the beach this summer.

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