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November 19, 2022
NOV 19, Italian loanwords: ghetto
libretto:Italian for 'little book'; a summary of the text distributed to the audience of an opera, mass or oratorio.
gondola (plural - gondole): the stereotypic Venetian small boat, poled down the Venetian canals; gondole-ly is a personal, incorrectly-stressed Anglo-Italian neologism
imperfetto: Italian for 'imperfect' or 'flawed'
Theghettofirst appeared as a section of the city in which members of a particular ethnic group were cordoned off, in Venice's working-class Cannaregio quarter in 1516. The word ghetto is of uncertain origin, possibly derived from a term in the local dialect for 'foundry', related to a nearby factory. The region of northeastern Italy that surrounds Venice, stretching from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea, is known as (the) Veneto.
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