[PW] Searching for an Italian word, probably dialect

Daphne Drewello drewello at daktel.com
Sat May 26 17:14:28 PDT 2018

According to the last poster on


In Abruzzo tèta è ancora usato per indicare un padre molto anziano, tant'è
che "nonno" si dice "tatàune" in dialetto ("tète e tatéune" padri e nonni).
Sicuramente è un termine meno utilizzato di "puòtre" o "sire", ma è comunque
vocabolo vivo.

In Abruzzo tèta is generally used for "old dad". This word becomes "tatàune"
with the meaning of "grandpa", while "puòtre" or "sire" are used in the
broadest sense of the term "father" (the former is both colloquial and
formal, the latter is only formal). 
There seems to be some disagreement (!) about this use.

As my Greek grandfather used to say (something that sounded like) "Dang zero
depota". Where is John Dyson when you need him?

Daphne Drewello
Jamestown, ND

> > 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
> > > There is no "th" sound in Italian, and what we heard as a "D" or a
> > > 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.

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