Monday, October 1, 2007

Word of the week: magari

Our star vocabulary of the week is the word magari (mah-GAH-ree). In its more humdrum form, it means "maybe" or denotes possibility. "Magari il pacco arriva domani," "the package might come tomorrow."

But the more fun usage comes in qualifying situations that you wish might happen but, life being what it is, probably never will. It is pretty much the equivalent of our "I wish."

Is it true they've impeached Bush? Magari!
I hear your landlord was run over by a fifty-car freight train. Magari!
The Farmer's Almanac predicts a snowless winter for New England. Magari!