September 11, 2007
Politics, Italian Style

And happy f- you day to you too:

An Italian comedian's campaign using a rude word to tell off politicians has won the support of more than 300,000 Italians who signed petitions to sweep away a generation of lawmakers they say are corrupt and ineffective.
An estimated 40,000 people attended Grillo's rally in Bologna on Saturday and many more went to hundreds of similar "Vaffanculo-day" protests around the country. The word is the Italian equivalent of the "f"-word in English.

Being married to Ellen, I learned what "Vaffanculo" meant long ago. The best part is watching various old Italian movies with subtitles. In a moment of high drama, they'll drop the, well, "V-word" and the subtitles will skip right over it. But I know what she said!

Posted by scott at September 11, 2007 03:08 PM

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Sounds like "Airplane!" in the part where the jivin' black guys get subtitles.

BLACK GUY: "See da broad what got dat booty axshun, lays'uh down and smack'em yack'em! Yo! Got ta be! Sheeeeeit."

SUBTITLES: "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise, by golly!"

Posted by: densityduck on September 11, 2007 04:02 PM

I know Culo is "ass" in Italian, just like it's maybe even a little stronger than a mere "f-word"...

Posted by: Mark on September 12, 2007 09:51 AM

As I understand it, it's something like "Eff you in the A!"

Posted by: DensityDuck on September 12, 2007 05:11 PM
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