Italiese: L’inglese americano in bocca italiana + l’italiano dialettale in bocca americana

Sep 18, 2014 796

With words like api (happy), sangawich (sandwich), agida (stomach acid) and tencsalotto (thanks a lot), every Italian immigrant succeeded in communicating bilingually thanks to italiese. First coined by Gianrenzo Clivio in 1975, italiese (italiano + inglese) was used to describe the mixture of Italian and English spoken by immigrants in North America.

It was born on the streets of Little Italies all over the US and Canada as immigrants italianized English words and united under a common identity and a new-born dialect.

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