Archive | March 22, 2012

Italian Word of the Week from Gemelli Press: Arrangiarsi

Gemelli Press has a great new weekly series featuring a new Italian word every week. Here’s an excerpt from their first entry. Well done Gemelli!

ARRANGIARSI [ahr-rahn-JAHR-see]:  TO ARRANGE ONESELF

This is one of Italian’s famous reflexive verbs, so “si arrangia”means “she arranges herself” or “he arranges himself.”

OK, minds out of the gutter. That is *not* what it means.

“Arranging oneself” is more figurative, and it may not make a lot of sense to you. I empathize. That’s because arrangiarsi is so utterly Italian. Indeed, it has been called l’arte di arrangiarsi (the art of arranging onself).

So what’s a good translation?  To read the rest of the post, check out the Gemelli Press Blog.

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