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Graceful and elegant. Italian “leggiadro” < “leggiadria”=charm, grace, elegance < Latin “*leviarius”=light.

A complex dispute or argument; an extremely confused or embarrassing situation. Italian “imbroglio”=an entangling or enwrapping < “broglio”=confusion.

A style of subjective journalism characterized by factual distortion and exaggerated rhetorical style; outrageous, extreme, or strangely unusual. Coined in the early 1970s, possible Italian “gonzo”=foolish or Spanish “ganso”=fool or goose.

Someone who arranges theatre, musical, and dance events. Italian “impresario” < “impresa”=attempt, undertaking < Latin “imprensa”=an emblem and/or motto.

Descriptive of something comically idiotic, crazily ridiculous, or absurdly ludicrous. French “zani” or Italian “zanni,” the name of servants who act as clowns in comedies. From “Giovanni”=John, a name for clowns.

A hot wind that blows from the desert of North Africa across to southern Europe. Italian “scirocco” < Arabic “sharq”=east < “sharaqa”=(the sun) rose.

The front of a building that faces on to a street or open space; a deceptive outward appearance used to hide your real intentions or feelings. French “fa├žade”=face < Italian “faccia” < Latin “facies”=portrait, outward appearance > “facere”=to make.

A heavy cloth with a raised design often made of gold or silver thread. Spanish “brocado”=cloth of gold and silver < “broccare”=to boss (raise up like a stud) < Italian “brocca”=a boss or stud.

A rhythmic sequence or flow of sounds in language; in “management speak,” a regular and repeated pattern of activity. French “cadence” < Italian “cadenza” < Latin “cadentia”=a falling set of tones in music < “cadere”=to fall.

Of a person, likely to change your mind suddenly or behave in an unexpected way; unpredictable. French “capricieux” < Italian “capriccioso”=style of music that’s playful and impulsive < “capro”=goat (sense of skipping around randomly).

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