Help with an Italian nickname

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Help with an Italian nickname

Postby msecc » 24 Feb 2011, 19:59

My great grandfather had an Italian nickname that translated to "the night whistler". He would work 20 hours a day?
I'm looking for the Italian slang nickname for this translation, not what google or yahoo translator says.

It sounded like the word for whistle =fischione

I was hoping someone has heard this nickname before.

Any help would be great!

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Re: Help with an Italian nickname

Postby msecc » 25 Feb 2011, 16:24

Any help?

"The Night Whistler"

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Re: Help with an Italian nickname

Postby Tessa78 » 25 Feb 2011, 18:19

Hi msecc :-)

Don't have a translation of "The Night Whistler" for you, but here are some great articles about "soprannomi" and "nomignoli" (nicknames)....

http://becomingitalianwordbyword.typepa ... guage.html

http://www.uvm.edu/~arosa/leggio.html

My best guess for the nickname "The Night Whistler" would be "fischia di notte" (he whistles at night)

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Re: Help with an Italian nickname

Postby msecc » 25 Feb 2011, 18:32

Thanks, I enjoyed the read....

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Re: Help with an Italian nickname

Postby Maurizio » 25 Feb 2011, 23:55

Couldn't the original nickname have been "Usignolo", i.e. "Nightingale"?

This kind of bird is one of the few whistling at night, and its singing is very various, loud and happy.
More generally, in Italy we say "Canta come un usignolo" of someone who has a good voice and intonation...
Was your ggfather a good singer?

Just my two cents...
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Re: Help with an Italian nickname

Postby msecc » 26 Feb 2011, 02:44

Thanks Maurizio,
I don't think that was it though... It was definitely due to him working late into the night on the horse and wagon whistling to the horses...


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