[PW] Searching for an Italian word, probably dialect

Jane Steinberg dyedivajane at gmail.com
Sat May 26 16:34:50 PDT 2018

What's the local dialect? Might it be a version of Abruzzese? It came as a
shock to me to learn that most paesani really didn't speak Italian at all.
You're probably going to have to find a local to get your answer.

On Sat, May 26, 2018 at 7:24 PM, GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido <
graceanneladyhawk at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear friends and colleagues,
> I am trying to find the correct spelling, and meaning, of an Italian word.
> My maternal step-grandfather was born in southern Italy (probably around
> Chieti) and his children called him what sounded like "Tutha" or "Tada"
> There is no "th" sound in Italian, and what we heard as a "D" or a "th"
> might have been a guttural "R."
> I have been stymied in trying to find this word because I haven't a clue
> how to spell it.
> Advice would be gratefully received.
> Know that I am now some years retired, so the internet and access to online
> NYPL are what I do.
> GraceAnne
> GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido in New York City
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