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Cavolo! you ran out of hearts

Cavolo??!

May 31, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/f.formica
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Cavolo is a common exclamation; yes, it means cabbage, but it's an euphemism for a similar, and more vulgar, exclamation, similar to how an English speaker would say "darn" or "gosh". Another variant is "caspita".

I'd suggest a milder exclamation like "accidenti" or "mannaggia"; although both of them are euphemisms for wishing bad things to happen to someone. There isn't such a thing as an innocent exclamation of disappointment :P


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dguy

I thought it was "Mamma Mia".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dguy

Not "Mannagia".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mangoHero1

mamma mia is different, mannaggia is like saying damn


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/f.formica
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As mangoHero1 wrote, "mamma mia" is more an exclamation of surprise and shock, while "mannaggia" is more an exclamation of disappointment and frustration. Both rather mild.

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