Word Reference

The following comment was made on my last post:

Anonymous said...

i dont want to be a party pooper, and i love your blog.. but im pretty sure "little fly" in italian is moscherina with an h. but i could be wrong.

Thanks, Anonymous, for reminding how much I love dictionaries, google and WordReference. I cannot get enough of this super multi-language dictionary site and cross my fingers that they will create a free iPhone application. You have no idea how many times I've been caught with the proverbial pants down as I switch from English to Italian and vice versa when happily chatting away idiomatically-- raining cats and dogs? camicia e culo, anyone? Instead of beating around the bush with lengthy explanations of idioms, I prefer to be a tuttologo and read WordReference's forum discussions where desired language-equivalent expressions run rampant and are not word-for-word translated.

As for party pooper (rovinafesta), the correct word is moscerino, a tiny fly cousin to Drosophila melanogaster.

PS. I feminized it.