giammai

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the adverb, giammai, which means never.

You will see it more often used in literary contexts, although you might hear it now and again in spoken Italian. It is a stronger form of the adverb, mai, and it is often used when one wants to be more emphatic or in a joking manner!

L’altro giorno un collega di lavoro mi ha chiesto se perdonerei mai un tradimento in amore. La mia risposta? Giammai!

The other day a work colleague asked me if I would ever forgive a betrayal of love. My response? Never!