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Phrase

Postby Donald66 » 07 Dec 2010, 21:19

My grandfather was known in Avigliano as "Minga Motts". The spelling might be incorrect, but has anyone heard the phrase?

Hopefully, I wont regret asking the definition :oops:

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Postby johnnyonthespot » 07 Dec 2010, 22:10

A number of google results indicate that "minga" is Italian slang for a stupid or annoying person. One indicates it is actually from a term for a body part; I am thinking maybe a 7 letter word beginning with a and ending with e perhaps?

Motts might be mazza? http://www.wordreference.com/iten/mazza

Altogether, a guy with a stick up his ...

Sorry. Just some wild speculation. :)
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Re: Phrase

Postby Donald66 » 07 Dec 2010, 23:18

Carmine,

I thought the reference was something along those lines. :P

I never met him, so I'll never really know.

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Postby Julo » 02 Jan 2011, 01:55

My two cents is that he might have been called "minchia mozza" which is a cruel way of calling someone with a minuscule male organ, it literally means: "cut-off penis" 8O

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Re: Phrase

Postby Squigy » 02 Jan 2011, 05:03

Rough town! 8O
My Italian surnames:

Caserta: Maietta, Rossano, Tessitore, Negro, Peluso, Musone

Campobasso: D'Andrea, Barile

Catanzaro: Fiorelli/Fiorillo, Romito

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Re: Phrase

Postby montclaire » 07 Mar 2011, 15:08

Maybe it just meant his wife ran the house hahaha


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