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I Rimedi Della Nonna Posted by on Jan 5, 2017

What to do when you have the flu? Are i rimedi della nonna (grandma’s remedies) any use, or are they merely placebos? There’s an old aphorism which says: “Il raffreddore รจ una malattia che, se curata, dura sette giorni, altrimenti dura una settimana.” (“The cold is an illness which, if cured, lasts seven days, otherwise…

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We Have Been Influenced! Posted by on Jan 2, 2017

The Christmas and New Year period have been a complete blank for us this year because siamo stati tutti e due influenzati (we’ve both had the flu). Influenza, like so many Latin words that we take for granted in the English language, actually has a very interesting etymology. In order to discover why English speakers…

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