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English Words of Italian Origin

These words came to us from Italian. Based on the definition, guess the word.
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First submittedMarch 14, 2013
Last updatedFebruary 15, 2018
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Definition
Word
Hello or goodbye
Ciao
The type of cheese on pizza
Mozzarella
High-profile female singer
Diva
Where the fat lady sings
Opera
Person who serves coffee drinks
Barista
Sauce made with basil and pine nuts
Pesto
Highest register of singing voice
Soprano
Sharp knife or high heel
Stiletto
Vandalism or art,
depending on your perspective
Graffiti
People who take unwelcome
photos of celebrities
Paparazzi
Definition
Word
Chain of islands
Archipelago
Opposite of piano, in terms of loudness
Forte
Orchestra conductor
Maestro
Type of nut with green flesh
Pistachio
Artificial cave, often with water features
Grotto
Totalitarian, right-wing political movement
Fascism
Type of green squash; Courgette
Zucchini
Like a flute, but smaller
Piccolo
"Pick me up" dessert made
with ladyfingers
Tiramisu
It's longer than a short story,
but shorter than a novel
Novella
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level 44
Apr 18, 2013
fascism is not "right-wing" in any sense. It is nationalist socialism, which is a left-wing ideology. The opposite (or equivalent on the right) would be libertarianism or, in the extreme, anarchy.
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level 32
Apr 18, 2013
Not really... althought your explanation makes sense, it's just not contemporary. Right=liberal and Left=equal, socialistic was made up in 1789 and has made some changes since then. Nowadays, you can be for example left and liberal at the same time.
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level 38
Oct 16, 2017
Sorry, but Left is left of Liberal.
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level 67
Jun 30, 2018
Fascism is right wing. Full stop.
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level ∞
Apr 18, 2013
I suppose it's about definitions, but fascism is generally considered to be right-wing, although not conservative. Of course, the meanings of conservative and liberal are constantly changing.
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level 76
Nov 3, 2015
Nobody should be offended by Fascism being correctly identified as right-wing. Just like nobody should be offended by Communism being identified as left-wing.
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level 71
Nov 3, 2015
Fascism and Communism are both left wing. They both depend on national power and state control.
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level 27
Nov 8, 2015
Pleased that Quizmaster stood firm on fascism as an extreme right wing movement that was developed in post WWI Italy to combat supporters of liberalism, socialism and communism. Fascism was not a coherent ideology, but it did have clearly defined enemies.
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level 43
Mar 17, 2016
Politics. Contentious stuff even when you're just getting around definitions. You're all correct in a sense. You're just talking about different scales. In terms of economics, the traditional left right paradigm, fascism can be anywhere along the scale, although generally more centred than most modern states because of the liberal nature of economics nowadays. In terms of authority, however, fascism is at the extreme, resulting in all this "right wing" jargon being thrown around. However, given how entrenched the left-right dynamic is within politics, I'd say it's fine to describe fascism as, 'right-wing', even though you're really talking about authority not economics. You'll confuse some people, but terms of reference evolve with usage so who really cares? At the heart of it, whether you're a capitalist or a fascist, you're probably just as much of a greedy, power hungry bunny.
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level 65
Sep 15, 2017
Maybe I'm simple but I view political systems by their control of capital. Fascism is a system of corporate/state collusion where the State has control of capital. Anarchism is far right wing economically and Communism is far left wing. Any "ism" tends to exercise control so it is left wing or collectivism. The "right" wing label for Fascism does not offend me but it seems to have lost it's meaning. It's kind of like calling National Socialism of 1930s and 40s Germany as right wing. It just doesn't fit. Maybe the right/left paradigm has lost it's meaning.
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level 67
Jun 30, 2018
Anarcho-syndicalism is clearly left-wing. The Nazis were clearly right wing. The left-right paradigm hasn't lost its meaning.
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level 38
May 13, 2014
Fascism is right-wing, anarchy generally left wing, and libertarianism originally referred to libertarian socialism - also left wing - before being appropriated by the right.
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level 65
Sep 15, 2017
I've always seen these ideologies explained economically. So, if the State does not exist or does not control capital, it is right wing (anarchy). If the State completely controls capital it is Communism, with Fascism being a shade of grey much closer to Communism with it's corporate/state collusion for control of capital.
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level 68
Jul 2, 2018
Patorjamesriddle, you are mistaken. Bakunin himself, the founding ideologist of anarchism, was a member of the First International.
What defines the " left" is the intended goal (equality among all citizens), not the means used to get those goals (state control of all the production means as in communism, or abolition of state as in anarchism) .
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level 70
Nov 3, 2015
There is nothing liberal about fascism. Also, "liberal" is not a bad word.
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level 59
Nov 3, 2015
The left-right scale is overrated, in my opinion. There's a wide variety of factors that characterize an ideology. Although, to keep it simple, I'd recommend a 2-dimensional scheme: economic left (government-regulated) - right (free market) and social left (liberal) - right (conservative). According to this scheme, fascism is economically left-wing and socially far-right.
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level 72
Nov 3, 2015
An increasingly common representation uses left / right for the standard economical scale and up / down for authoritarian / libertarian respectively so a viewpoint is represented as a point on a 2 dimensional graph rather than a 1 dimensional line (or 2 separate 1 dimensional lines as Sulps suggests)
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level 64
Nov 5, 2015
Can we please just take a few seconds to confirm/get sources before we start disputing the QMs questions? A quick search indicates that fascism is overwhelmingly considered a right-wing ideology based on traditionally left-wing ideologies mixed with right-wing ideologies. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Is+fascism+right+or+left+wing%3F
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level 30
Jun 30, 2018
A "fascist" is anyone on the right who disagrees with someone on the left. You don't believe in socialism? You're a fascist. You think we should secure our borders? FASCIST!!! You were against Hillary? Not only are you a FASCIST but you're IN BED WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN!!! "Fascist" is ever evolving and I'm sure will take on new meanings now that the mid-terms are coming up.
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level 61
Jun 30, 2018
Once I saw fascism being described as "right wing" in the quiz, I was ready to start a fight in the comments. I'm happy to see that many people beat me to it. Anyway, I highly recommend you check out this video that addresses whether fascism is left wing or right wing. It's obviously biased, but it provides a lot of interesting information and you'll learn a lot. https://youtu.be/m6bSsaVL6gA
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level 84
Jun 30, 2018
Political scientist here. Fascism is a strand of radical Socialism (meaning it is a leftist philosophy). It aims at restoring equality and justice by coming back to the roots of national greatness.
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level 67
Jul 1, 2018
Political scientist here. Time to return that online degree.
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level 70
Jul 1, 2018
Right wing is nationalistic, the group you belong to is always better than the outside group, down and down to the smallest group you belong to. Left wing is inclusive of everyone. Dbags like Mussolini and Stalin just exploit rhetoric for personal gain and represent neither.
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level 45
Jan 29, 2019
Antifa are fascists.
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level 33
Apr 18, 2013
Missed pesto >.< 19/20
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level 60
Apr 18, 2013
Could prima donna not count for "high profile female singer"?
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level ∞
Apr 18, 2013
Sure, but it's two words, not one.
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level 73
Apr 22, 2013
I thought you wanted a PERSON...so i put Madonna
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level 49
Oct 29, 2017
I also tried prima donna repeatedly, didn't notice all the answers were single words. It doesn't help me that we have a 'Primmadonna Casino' down the road from here.
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level 77
Jun 30, 2018
actually, in Italian the word "primadonna" as a single expression can be found, even if not so often.
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level 50
Apr 19, 2013
can't spell archipelago
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level 50
Aug 21, 2013
Archipelago is a greek word, not italian.
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level 67
Apr 30, 2014
But the word archipelago came to English from the Italian 'arcipelago' in 1500s. So it fits this quiz.
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level 66
Oct 23, 2013
archipelago is a greek word, archi (αρχι) = leading + pelago(s) (πελαγος) = sea
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level 55
Apr 27, 2015
Ah, yes, you are right. I got it, but I knew there was something weird about it being attributed to Italian.
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level 60
Nov 3, 2015
General note: if you put italian names, please use all italian names, not only some. (Fascism->Fascismo; Archipelago->Arcipelago) (Piccolo is used in Italian, but it's a very technical name. You should use also Ottavino, that is the name it's knowed in Italy). Also: -Pistacchio needs the double "c" -Grotto doesn't exist. The term is Grotta
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level 58
Nov 3, 2015
But this quiz about ENGLISH words of Italian origin....so it would not be appropriate to use the Italian version. Some words, like piccolo, just happen to be the same in both English and Italian.
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level 77
Jun 30, 2018
I agree that english spelling should be used, nevertheless I think seveneleven is right about his notation that the correspondence with actual spoken Italian is not so straightforward.
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level 55
Nov 3, 2015
Pistachio! Can't believe I didn't get that!
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level 61
Nov 3, 2015
You should accept alternate spellings of archipelago. It's a difficult word to spell.
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level 46
Nov 3, 2015
A pretty nice quiz. A couple of comments - how about Fascist for Fascism? They can be used fairly interchangeably. Also, as others pointed out, archipelago is actually not Italian. I got it, but it doesn't quite belong. And believe it or not, Zucchini isn't Italian either - it is American, and actually fairly recent too, based on cross-breeding different strains of squash to get it. (Yeah, one of those trivia nerd things Jetpunk addicts know!) But again, thanks for posting the quiz!
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level 64
Nov 5, 2015
Zucca is the Italian word for pumpkin/squash and zucchino/zucchina (zucca + ina = little) are diminutive forms, becoming zucchini/zucchine in the plural. Zucchino, the masculine form (zucchini in the plural), is the first form to be documented in writing. In Italy varieties of squash typically called "zucchini" were developed many generations after their introduction from the Americas. In all probability, this occurred in the very late 19th century, and the word came back to the US in the 1920s along with zucchinis themselves. As for archipelago, it is an English word from the early 16th century, which was derived from Italian arcipelago, which was derived from Greek arkhi- ‘chief’ + pelagos ‘sea.’ Its usage in English came from Italian, not Greek roots. This is especially apparent because of the timing of the words adoption - during the Renaissance when Italian was at its widest usage as a lingua franca. Seriously people - a 10 second Google search shows that Quizmaster is correct.
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level 62
Jun 15, 2016
"Fascist" and "Fascism" cannot be used interchangeably. Fascism is an ideology. Fascist is an adjective or a person who supports fascism.
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level 44
Nov 4, 2015
Zucchini is an American word of Italian origin. It isn't used in proper English
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level 75
Jun 30, 2018
What rubbish.
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level 56
Jan 15, 2019
garbage?
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level 39
Nov 6, 2015
I always confuse Fascism and Marxism, I will type Marxism and then blank on fascism EVERYTIME!!!!
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level 47
May 11, 2016
20/20 with 1:53 to go. I'm a maestro with Italian words.
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level 48
Jul 3, 2016
Should accept pistaCChio and grottA
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level 56
Oct 30, 2017
Why accept words that don't exist in English? What even is a grotta? It certainly isn't what fits the definition given in the quiz.
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level 54
Nov 18, 2016
Good quiz 20/20 with 2.14 left. When I started I thought that I would be in trouble but obviously there are lots of Italian/Latin words in common usage. Wasn't sure about archipelago (thought it was Greek) but put it anyway. Note the comments about the correct Italian terms for the words
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level 45
Feb 9, 2017
Can you accept 'tiramasu' please?
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level 49
Oct 29, 2017
There is no such thing as 'tiramasu'. The correct answer is tiramisu.
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level 70
Nov 24, 2017
Whoa, there. Might want to dismount from that high horse there, Sparky. "Tiramasu" is simply a misspelling. And an understandable one, at that. There are far more egregiously-misspelled words that are accepted on JetPunk. It sounds like a reasonable request to me.
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level 70
Nov 24, 2017
If you handed your local baker a note with a list of goodies you wanted, and one of them was "tiramasu", do you really think he would have no idea what you're talking about?
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level 23
Jun 28, 2018
Awesome
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level 71
Jun 30, 2018
Quizzmaster is wrong. Fascism is left wing and always has been. Fix the damn clue.
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level 79
Jun 30, 2018
No.
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level 76
Jul 2, 2018
First of all, you are wrong. Second of all, it's "Quizmaster" with one z.
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level 67
Jul 2, 2018
Your knowledge of political theory matches your precision in spelling.
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level 58
Jun 30, 2018
Is there a glitch? I got 18 but it said I got 19!?
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level 65
Jun 30, 2018
I don't think a grotto has to be exclusively artificial.
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level 56
Oct 23, 2018
Can't you allow Groto for Grotto?
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level 56
Jan 15, 2019
Parmesan and gorgonzola both fit the cheese clue. I tried a long time figuring out how the english write parmesan (they pronounce it funny imo, but that's besides the point ;) ) When that didnt work i tried gorgonzola (before trying more parmesan and even feta)

also falsetto, couldnt that fit the clue singing voice clue aswell? a soprano singing in falsetto sings even higher.