barba lunga

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by Isapaola, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. Isapaola Senior Member

    Italian Italy
    Here I am again with my questions. I am sure you'll find the right solution, as always.
    This is something I can't translate properly. In this case barba lunga doesn't mean a long beard, but just what you see on a man's face if he doesn't shave for two days. What would you tranlate "scusami, ho la barba lunga"? Asked about that I answered I would tranlate "Sorry, I didn't shave this morning" but I am still curious to know what do you call, for instance "una barba di due giorni".
    Nice Sunday to you all
  2. Paulfromitaly

    Paulfromitaly MODerator

    Brescia (Italy)
    Are you growing a stubble?
  3. peter pann New Member

    england english
    Probably 'a couple of days' stubble'. For example 'he had a couple of days' stubble on his face'.
  4. Isapaola Senior Member

    Italian Italy
    Thank you Paul and Peter. Never heard stubble before. Probably it is just because I have always met clean shaved men! Thank you, iIll make a note of it. It sounds strange, anyway, that if you look up "barba" in a dictionary you don't find stubble. Or am I using unreliable dictionaries?
  5. Panpan

    Panpan Senior Member

    Sawbridgeworth, UK
    England, English
    Stubble was fashionable a few years back (not with me though!). Among the yuppies, it was called 'designer stubble', see here
  6. Isapaola Senior Member

    Italian Italy
    Thank you, Panpan, also for your exaustive link. Now I know a lot about it. I like stories behind words!

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