soqquadro

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by Panpan, Sep 25, 2006.

  1. Panpan

    Panpan Senior Member

    Sawbridgeworth, UK
    England, English
    Ciao a tutti, mi potete aiutare con questo frase per favore?
    Hi all, can you help me with this phrase please?

    Nessuno vuole mettere a soqquadro il proprio mondo.

    Forse 'Nobody wants to put their own world in order'?

    Grazie mille/ Many thanks
    Panpan
     
  2. stanfal

    stanfal Senior Member

    toscana
    Italy / Italian
    Hi Panpan,
    it's exactly the other way round: nobody wants to put their own world upside down. (how to blame them!!!)

    S.
     
  3. Leopoldbloom New Member

    Naples
    Italy - italian
    Hello,
    soqquadro means "mess, lack of order".
    It's an uncommon and archaic word.
    So, I suppose, an acceptable translation could be
    "nobody wants to turn their own world in a mess".
    Ciao.
     
  4. Panpan

    Panpan Senior Member

    Sawbridgeworth, UK
    England, English
    Thanks, that helped
    Panpan
     
  5. BlueWolf

    BlueWolf Senior Member

    Italy
    Italian
    I'm not agree about the "archaic". Maybe it isn't the most common word, but it's still normally used. :)
     
  6. stanfal

    stanfal Senior Member

    toscana
    Italy / Italian

    A little correction, and I agree with you, nemmeno io la trovo una parola arcaica ;)

    S.
     
  7. Kleine Hexe

    Kleine Hexe Senior Member

    Palermo
    Italian Italy
    "nessuno vuole incasinarsi la vita" forse è un pò più usato, ma dipende dal contesto, this is a bit of slang !
     
  8. Saoul

    Saoul Senior Member

    Milan
    Italian
    I would say that for such an expression as the one we are speaking about here, "soqquadro" sounds perfect to me.
    It would sound a bit stiff and odd, if used nowadays like:

    Devo mettere ordine a casa perchè è in soqquadro.
    Correct, but odd.

    I would go:
    Devo mettere ordine a casa perchè è in disordine/c'è casino/è esploso il guardaroba :)D) o simili.
     
  9. raffaella Senior Member

    Milan
    Italy, Italian
    But I would say (and unfortunately that happens a lot!!!) "Devo a mettere a posto, i bambini mi hanno messo a soqquadro la casa!"

    Raffaella
     
  10. Una curiosità per i non-madrelingua: tanti anni fa a scuola in Italia, ho imparato che "soqquadro" è l'unica parola italiana che si scrive con due q. Tutte le altre hanno una sola q (quiete) oppure cq (acqua).
     

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