We The Italians | Italian language: Tessera (Tile)

Italian language: Tessera (Tile)

Italian language: Tessera (Tile)

  • WTI Magazine #7 Nov 29, 2013
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WTI Magazine #7    2013 Nov, 29
Author : Alessandro Masi      Translation by:


In ancient greek "TESSARA" meant "four" and the adjective "tessarĂ gonos" described quadrangular objects. Among the Latin the shorten form "tessera" was used for example for nuts, tickets, vouchers to get food. A little bit like for us: centuries have passed by but tiles have always four corners, even the ones belonging to a political party. Even when there are those who try to falsely increase them.

(by Alessandro Masi, from the supplement Seven of the Corriere della Sera).