Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Fa caldo

It's hot. It's hot here in Boston and it's about the same in Italy. Temps hovering around 90 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity. The combination of high temperature and high humidity is known as afa in Italian (the adjective is afoso). You will probably feel it more in Italy because of their persisting mistrust of air conditioning, fans, and even open windows. The enemy for many is the nefarious, possibly fatal, corrente. No, nothing to do with electrical shocks or high voltage: it simply means a current of air, a draft. I have seen a number of Italians close the windows on trains and buses on sweltering summer days because of this insidious enemy.

How to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius and vice versa? There are formulas but
nobody, including myself, uses these. It's too hot to do any work, mental or otherwise. What I do is enter words to the effect of "40 degrees Celsius to Fahrenheit" and so on in Google. Its Calculator feature will automatically tell you the result. 104 degrees.