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17 September 2004 @ 12:11 pm
Anyone speak Italian?  
Okay, so I've been watching The Sopranos a lot lately (because the DVDs are half price at the moment, so you should go out, right now, and buy them all).
Anyway, this one particular word keeps popping up, that the characters say.
It is usually said as an interjection, expressing something like exasperation.
The word, as far as I can figure from listening, is "marrone".

Now, according to Babelfish, "marrone" translates as "brown".
Therefore, I am assuming that it translates more accurately as "shit", but I can't be sure.
I may have the spelling totally wrong.

So, if anyone reading this has any idea what this word may be, and what it means, let me know.

I will be seeing someone who actually is Italian, so I can find out for sure from him, but in the meantime I thought I'd pick the brains of y'all out there in LJ-land.
Mikmareth_redorb on September 16th, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)
Well when you consider that the French for shit is "merde" and French and Italian are very similar, it's a reasonable assumption.
Jacobyak_boy on September 18th, 2004 04:53 am (UTC)
Well, "shit" in Italian is actually "merda", so I'm just more confused than ever.
Mikmareth_redorb on September 19th, 2004 03:02 pm (UTC)
Didn't know that. Maybe the word means "Moron", it's a reasonable similar sound...
Steph_megalomania_ on September 16th, 2004 11:09 pm (UTC)
From (vague) memory, the word "shit" in Italian is "merda". No idea about "marrone" though.

Does the dvd have subtitles (preferably those in Italian)? Maybe you could find out exactly what the word is by that method, and translate it from there.
Jacob: cannoliyak_boy on September 18th, 2004 04:57 am (UTC)
Your vague memory is correct.

Your suggested solution seems extremely clever, but it hurts my head to try and think of exact moments when the characters have uttered said word.
Lauradelphaeus on September 17th, 2004 05:11 pm (UTC)
ten years of italian lessons tell me marrone is brown. BUT lots of words in Italian come across as sounding like they should be spelled in very similar ways. Like casino and casino` = brothel and casino.
Robet Éivaayvah on September 18th, 2004 02:43 am (UTC)
I concur.
Jacob: cannoliyak_boy on September 18th, 2004 04:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, my "brown" theory is feeling less and less likely, seeing as "merda" means shit.
(Anonymous) on October 7th, 2004 11:10 pm (UTC)
the Marone mystery solved
here you go

Marone (Southern Italian) Literally "Madonna", Generally used as "Damn" or "Damn It".
Jacobyak_boy on October 8th, 2004 06:11 am (UTC)
Re: the Marone mystery solved
Thank you, Mystery Linguist!