mercoledì 22 ottobre 2008

Going off the Rails

Seven people were injured when two trams crashed in Milan yesterday. Given the speed that the trams go at, this is quite an an achievement on the part of Lady Misfortune.

Trams and trains in Italy travel on binari or rotaie. When they come off, however, they are “deragliati”, which sounds a lot like “derailed” and was probably borrowed from English when the Brits were still better at running trains than the Italians.

My other new piece of vocabulary from yesterday was “pidocchio”.

Head louse.

I don't think I've got them yet and apparently there's a new kind of tablet you can take that makes your scalp unattractive to the wee beasties (it's not April, so it can't be a joke). Fingers crossed!

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