Humor of Italian Words Close to English

Humor of Italian Words Close to English is adapted from a book by Garrison Keillor, titled ‘Pilgrims’ (page 188).

It is about a group trip to Italy from his fictional home town of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota.


Evelyn had developed the irritating habit of saying aloud Italian words she saw that were close to English,

such as





which she assumed the Italians had taken from us

and adapted to suit their own peculiar notions of spelling.

She stopped to admire a window display of beers and read them aloud.



“Double malt,” said Lyle, dictionary in hand.

“You see?” she said.

“QUALITA TRADIZIONE -- a tradition of quality.

But why put the words backward?”

She shook her head.


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