Shortly after writing The beauty of Milan found in a parking space about learning how to see the positive side of things when you finally find parking space after like an hour and it’s right in front of a this beautiful majestic church and so life is good..same car got smashed during the night. The Crash-er seemingly forgot to leave a note.
This could be what Italians might consider ‘un po’ di sfiga..’which means bad luck and is not to be confused with ‘sfigata’, which has an entirely different meaning that is similar to ‘loser’. Of course if you add to that the fact that this is the second time it has happened to my car then you might even hear someone (man who fixes my cars) say ‘ha una bella sfiga’ and this, well this means, you are really freaking unlucky. Italians can be known to be quite superstitious. Fortunately for me, I do not believe in sfiga..
However, I decided to compile a small list of things to avoid, for you my readers, should you be planning a trip in this country so that you are better prepared and hopefully, won’t have any ‘sfiga’ while here.
The ‘corna’ (the horns) – is a sign done with hands. You can use it in 2 different ways. 1.) used as an active verb to ward off bad luck. examples: Can be used in-car towards other drivers, or towards friends when speaking about who will win a soccer match, or again towards friends when they wish you good luck. (saying ‘good luck’ has been proven to ‘portare sfiga’ (bring bad luck) so the proper way to say good luck would be to say ‘in bocca lupo’ which means ‘in the mouth of the wolf.’ which should be responded to with ‘crepi’ which means ‘die’.)
2.)another way to use the corna is behind someone’s head, (as seen here by the ex – prime minister) This way of using the ‘corna’ means that you are ‘cornuta’, or cheated on. Thus better not to let anyone do this over your head.
3.) Salt – Another gigantic faux pas among the Italians might be, say if you try to hand them the salt. Salt is to be passed by setting it down on the table and never exchange hands. Thus, if you accidentally spill some salt immediately open container and empty the remains out by throwing it over both of your shoulders.
4.) Spilt wine – can be quickly forgotten by dipping your hands inside wine glass and distributing behind your ears, and those of the people sitting near you.
5.)Break a mirror – will bring you 7 years of ‘sfiga’, best not tell anyone.
6.) Black cat – that crosses your path. And this must be a really terrible sort of bad luck as I know several people who believe in it. So if you happen to see a black cat on your trip I suggest screaming in a loud voice while running in the other direction, or you can look the cat straight in the eyes and with both hands make the sign of the corna towards said cat..and yell ‘TOH!!’
7.) Finally, if you are thinking about giving some flowers to thank your host, DO NOT, AND I REPEAT DO NOT GIVE ANY FLOWERS THAT ARE THE COLOR PURPLE!
purple means death…