No, I’m not talking about the -30% offer on e-books in our shop (not this time, at least.)
But about this useful exercise on compound words in Italian.
‘asciugare’ (to dry) + ‘mano’ (hand) = l’asciugamano (towel)
Three words for the price of two!
The problem, apparently, is to determine the plural:
il portachiavi remains the same: i portachiavi
l’asciugamano changes its ending: gli asciugamani
While on the subject of compound words in Italian, I thought I’d mention how, for about a decade, I used the term “scuolapasta” to refer to the piece of kitchen equipment you use to separate the cooked pasta from the water it was boiled in (pictured).
Thought it was a strange term: school + pasta = colander/strainer
What the hell did schools have to do with it?
Still, nobody corrected me… so it must be OK, right?
‘scolare’ (to drain) + ‘pasta’ = lo scolapasta
Have you experienced similar misunderstandings with Italian words? Leave a comment!