This week’s idiom is “chiocciola”. Literally this word translates as “snail” in English, but its idiomatic use has no counterpart in English!
When saying an email address to someone in italiano, you say “chiocciola” for where the at sign (@) goes in your address. It’s quite logical really, “@” looks very much like a snail!
If you’re someone who uses email a lot, now you’re set to share your address in Italian. If you want to share your email with Sentieri Italiani for news on Italian classes, events and other Italian opportunities in Chicago, feel free to contact email@example.com, or “info chiocciola sentieri punto com”.
The “chiocciola” has gone on to become the symbol for Slow Food, a social and culinary movement that began in Italy.