According an Italian, whose name is preferable for an exclamation, Madonna or Eve’s?
My adolescent daughters have adopted an Italian teenage expression. They pepper their conversations with the exclamation: “‘Maaaa – ddonnnnn– aaaa”. That would be “Madonna”. My Italian, and Catholic husband, Gustavo, does not like this one bit and every time he hears it he forbids them to say it again. Not much luck there. When my husband gets really mad – like when one of the kids threw up on his computer bag on a long car trip going on a family vacation– his favorite exclamation is “Puttana Eva!”, translated – “That Whore Eve”. So, I guess Saints are untouchable (for the tongue) and sinners are fair game. Poor Eve. It was just an apple. Maaaa – ddoonnn — aaaa!
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Trisha is a TV journalist working for AP TV News in Rome. She is married to an Italian and is a Mamma of three.