[PW] Searching for an Italian word, probably dialect

Daphne Drewello drewello at daktel.com
Sat May 26 17:19:19 PDT 2018



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

Apparently, this is a well-known quote from Socrates, "den xéro típota"
What can I say? I'm obviously retired.

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
"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.



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