The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #24573   Message #281828
Posted By: catspaw49
21-Aug-00 - 03:44 PM
Thread Name: Italian Mudcatters gather here!
Subject: RE: Italian Mudcatters gather here!
Ya know, its funny, but I never learned squat for Italian. My Dad learned more when he was in Italy during WWII than he ever did at home. Grandpa was determined to be "American" and he rarely used the language. My Grandmother, who was German, never spoke German either. Grandpa would listen to some baseball in Italian and made a weekly trek to the I-A Club, but that was about it. We lived in a small town that had a large Italian community and lots of my Dad's generation spoke with like they lived in Chicago or New York. Everytime I watch "Analyze This" I crack up.........DeNiro sounds just like all those guys who would hang downtown and Dad and I would stop and talk with. My Dad NEVER sounded that way, until he was in a group. When I was a little kid, I thought "fockin' Dago" was a term of friendship since that's how these guys would refer to each other. My Dad was always trying to "shush" them down a bit especially when I'd arrive home and use some of those wonderful words I had just heard around the house.