la leggenda metropolitana

Welcome 2020!

Sorry for the delay in the first post of the year. I am still trying to decide on the direction and pace of #PdG. In the meantime, while I was procrastinating on Facebook today, I ran across the expression la leggenda metropolitana (you can hear the word/expression pronounced below courtesy of Forvo — if you have never visited Forvo, check it out).

Can you guess what this means? It means urban legend.

An urban legend, according to Merriam-Webster, is “an often lurid story or anecdote that is based on hearsay and widely circulated as true.”

SPOILER ALERT: The cartoon I embedded from Facebook is a bit on the gory side so if you are bothered by cartoon blood, please do not read further.

I saw the word used on the Facebook Group Imparare l’italiano con le barzellette, which you can see below:

Are you familiar with this Italian urban legend? The gist is that if you pop a pimple (schiacciare un brufolo), you can bleed to death (morire dissanguato). Comics, pictures, jokes, and other content on social media can be a great way to build your vocabulary! I highly recommend this Facebook group as there are always interesting jokes, cartoons, drawings, and insights into everyday Italian language and culture.