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A ridiculous but amusing person; a clown. French “buffon” < Italian “buffone”=jester, clown < Latin “buffare”=to puff (fill cheeks with air) – a comic gesture.


A fortress usually located on high ground above a city. Italian “citadella” < “citta”=city + “ella”=diminutive (little city) < Latin “civitas”-community, state.

A long, angry and critical speech. French “tirade”= a pull, shot, or volley < Italian “tirata”=volley < “tirare”=to pull.

The movement of goods and/services between people. French “trafique” < Italian “traffico” < ?Latin “transficare”=to transact.

A merry-go-round or roundabout at a fair. Italian “carosello”=a jousting contest with horses (like the horses on a carousel) < “carro”=chariot.

A small, fast, and lightly armed military ship. French “frégate” < Italian “fregata”=a light, swift, rowing boat.

A syndicate, combine, or trust formed especially to regulate prices and output in business. German “Kartell” < Italian “cartello”=paper, letter, or bill < Latin “carta”=card.

A crispy vegetable with long light green stems. French “céleri” < Italian “sellari” < Greek “selinon”=parsley.

A sudden and unreasonable change of mind or behavior. Italian “capriccio”=sudden jerky motion < Latin “capra”=goat.

A place in a factory, office, school etc. where cheap meals are sold. French “cantine” < Italian “cantina”=cellar or cave.

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