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The lost language of Italian parasols and the men who made them.

Kent Wang

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Fascinating.

It would be quite hilarious if those ornery old men had deliberately told the linguist incorrect definitions.
 

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Originally Posted by Kent Wang
Fascinating.

It would be quite hilarious if those ornery old men had deliberately told the linguist incorrect definitions.


Sadly, we'll never know.

My paternal ancestors came from the border of Italy and Switzerland... I wonder if they used some of these words in their daily activities.

Thanks for the link, LabelKing.
 

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I enjoy The Paris Review quite a bit; there was a rather fetching fur collared overcoat that belonged to Marcel Proust that was featured on its blog recently
 

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I enjoy The Paris Review quite a bit; there was a rather fetching fur collared overcoat that belonged to Marcel Proust that was featured on its blog recently
Yes, I did see that. According to Gore Vidal in Palimpsest, in Paris he once met the Arab manager of Marcel Proust's personal brothel. Proust would have each room outfitted with a small peephole so he could watch in on the proceedings usually outfitted in the aforementioned fur coat.
 

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^ I shall have to order it
 

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Originally Posted by barims
^ I shall have to order it
It's a rather introspective book punctuated with his trademark chattiness--he claims to have never bottomed and never seen the same boy twice whilst making jabs at people like Anais Nin. There's also a particularly amusing, and slightly sad, anecdote of E.M.Forster. Not quite as breezy as Paul Bowles's Without Stopping--called Without Telling by Jane Bowles--which reads like a Who's Who of the midcentury intellectual elite.
 

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Fascinating.

But let's please make a distinction between parasols ("against the sun") and parapluies ("against the rain"), which are two very different accoutrements.

Parasols -- which, by the way, are used rather frequently here in Los Angeles against the scorching Southern California sun, although mostly by older women of Asiatic or Eastern European persuasion -- need not be waterproof and can (and usually are) made of paper. The parapluie (our umbrella) needs to be made of something less permeable, such as vinyl. (What are they made of in Piemonte?)

That being said, does anyone know where to obtain one of these "lissome" Piemontese ombrelle here in the States??
 

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