Daily Archives: February 7, 2006

Porco Mondo

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The double X Winter Olympic games begin in t minus 68 hours and you have yet to hear a peep from me and what my project is. That is because I have largely been consumed with any of the following things:

1 – Working, working, working. Large deadline was met Feb1st.
2 – Maintaining Team Boston. Now 100 members strong. Holy shit – I had no idea there were that many of us in Boston that knit to the point of distraction. No idea.
3 – Clearing my knitting plate. Yes, I do have this twisted mentality of needing closure on past projects in order to start a new one. Honestly, it’s just a way to get this detritus out of my WIP pile and into the hands of the recipients, whom are mostly small children that and unable to hold me to my deadline.
4 – Being scared by phallic looking balloons with cock rings. (Can you feel the google hits that will come off of that one.)
5 – Practice being Italian.

Now, can you guess which of these is my favorite? Why yes, the practicing being Italian. I am of an Italian heritage. While I am not Italian like Ben, I do carry a lot of the stereotypical traits. I have a rack, I like to yell and hug, and I love to eat. Hey! You too can be Italian.

This year’s games are held in Torino, Italy where the temperature is measured in Celsius (it was -1 today!), the wine flows freely (seriously, did you know that you can order wine and chocolate off of the official Torino Olympic website?), and where (apparently) Passion Lives. In fact, Wiki claims that Tornio is the birthplace of hard chocolate and the home of Lavazza. We so need to hop on a Fiat (manufacturing home in Torino) and go there! If it wasn’t for the scary mascots – I just might.

And for the fact that Torino is across the ocean. For the mapless among us, it is located at the base of the Italian Alps east of the French Border. Have you all been to the Alps? Priceless. Breathtaking. Amazing. They make the Rockies look like baby giant poop. There are no words to describe this place. It is where Passion Lives. I would guess, based on it’s location, that there is a good chance it is where sheep live too.

My final discovery was that, in 2006, Torino was named the World Book Capital by UNESCO.

Clearly there are other forces at work here. I cannot deny the responsibility. I must push aside all other responsibilities and move toward victory in these here Knitting Olympics. I will represent my Team and cheer others on. I will learn how to appropriately swear in Italian and will make pasta to honor my ancestors. I will help you with these endeavors as well.

First – the swearing. Now, you may be some kind of Beaver Cleaver who can successfully meet a knitting challenge without the utterance of fowl language. You, my friend, are a better person than I. For the ingrates among us and the children, such as myself, who heard these phrases as a child: La Perolacce

Here are some of my PGish favs:

bagascia – harlot (just in case you want to get mad at someone, I mean she is the one who started the madness)

bidone m. swindle, trick; fare un bidone a qualcuno to swindle someone.

cacasodo m./f. inv. an arrogant person, someone who thinks his/her [feces] doesn’t stink; (lit.): one who defecates hard (from the verb cacare, meaning “to [defecate]” and the adjective sodo, meaning “tough” or “hard.”

cavolo (vulgar) non me ne importa un cavolo! I don’t give a damn about it!; (vulgar) testa di cavolo blockhead.

fesso v. (vulgar) silly, stupid, foolish, idiotic; fare il fesso to play the fool.

faccia di culo f. a butt-ugly person; used as an insult, referring to a big jerk; (lit.): face of a [buttocks].

finire in merda exp. to end miserably; (lit.): to end in [excrement].

merda f. (vulgar) excrement. (ed note: this means shit. I’m not sure why this site, which says penis licker, can’t say the word shit.)

mostrare il dito medio exp. to give the finger; (lit.): to show the middle finger.

porco s.m. (vulgar) pig; porco mondo damn it all.

And only if you’re ready to pull out the big guns:

vaffanculo (vulgar—contraction of the expression “Va’ a fare in culo” up your [buttocks].) insult. (ed note: this could translate to mean fuck you. Which, again the irony, this website doesn’t seem to be able to say. It can say the c word, but not fuck. Go figure.)

Please remember – for the sake of your family and friends. These words or phrases should only be applied to one’s yarn (filo) or to your knitting (fare a maglia (I think)). We already know it is okay to speak to it as if it is a person – now you can speak to it as if it’s Italian!

And finally – a hand gesture for you all (get your minds out of the gutter!)


Perfetto!

or, my favorite


Scusi, devo andare al bagno.
(Excuse me, I have to go to the bathroom.)

Doesn’t that look like a peace sign? No wonder Mussolini was so pissed off.

Those eye-talins are so much more sophisticated than I – I wish I had such a simple gesture for when I had to go to the bathroom. All I have is a stupid ass dance.

Next post – how to make homemade Pasta with your Grandma, or, what I did on my Christmas Vacation.