10 Words to Learn Before the Trip to Sicily
Literally meaning "don't care", although the meaning is much broader and reflects the Sicilian philosophy of life: take life easy, think only of the most important things and not worry about trifles, do not waste time on things that are unimportant and undeserving of attention.
Translated as "vain”. The origin of the word is very interesting. In the Byzantine period matula – is a vial of clear glass for patients’ urine collection. The doctor, alchemist or magician examined matula, made diagnoses and prescribed treatment. More often, however, the patient died, and the family said: "He spoke to matula," which later was transformed into a "honey words of ammatula" and meant futile medical intervention.
7. PERI PERI
The literal translation is "feet feet" or “walking feet”, meaning “circle around”. Actually, you will rarely hear Sicilians saying “go around”, “circle around”, “walk around”. They will say “feet feet”.
Literally translated as "boredom", "trouble", "annoying", "anxiety". The term means a certain discomfort that persistently and over time caused by annoying people and that if you do not stop immediately, can develop into a real anger.
There are two opposite meanings of the word on the island. On the slopes of Etna pacchiona - is a beautiful girl, a true erotic dream, and in Palermo, pacchiono refers to an unattractive man having body overweight. Just one word clearly shows the differences between these two beautiful cities.