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English/Italian Lessons: Slang Word: Minchiunate

This is a slang word, but much of day to day, spoken language is made up of slang and idioms. This word stems from the Sicilian dialect and is used quite regularly by the Italian's that live in Toronto. Like the word "chachka" which has an alternate spelling of "tchochke" or "tsatske" this word could be spelled more than one way. When I asked my mother-in-law for a spelling (80 years old), she consulted with her daughters (62 and 57). Their spelling was Mingunata. We decided on the spelling you see in the video based on it's root word Minchia. Though, before a web search, I would have sworn it was spelled Minghia, since it is said with a "g" sound. Thanks for watching.
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