E qui casca l’asino

E qui casca l’asino in Italian

E qui casca l’asino
And that’s where the problem lies; and that’s where you’re wrong

Literal translationAnd here the donkey falls
MeaningUsed to talk about a problem that many people have trouble solving, or a trap that people often fall into
IPA pronunciation/e kwi ˈkaska ˈlazino/

Where does this come from? Donkeys can be very stubborn creatures. In ancient times, where merchants and farmers had to cross bridges (attraversare ponti) to cross a river, forcing a frightened donkey to go across the bridge was not an easy task.

The animal would try to escape, and in doing so would run the risk of falling off the bridge and into the water below. That’s why we say, “here falls the donkey” to indicate a difficult situation where it’s better to be careful.

This expression is also found as qui casca l’asino, without the conjunction e, and.

brown donkey facing right

For example, you can say…

I file vanno inviati in PDF. E qui casca l’asino, perché molti li inviano come immagini.
Files should be sent as PDFs. And this is where the problem lies because many people send them as images.

Qui casca l’asino! Molti sbagliano a pulire le scarpe di camoscio con saponi troppo aggressivi.
This is where the problem lies! Many people make the mistake of cleaning their suede shoes with soaps that are too harsh.


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