What’s the meaning of the funny-sounding word ciofeca in Italian? Read on to find out how to pronounce this word along with some example sentences.
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What does ciofeca mean in Italian?
Ciofeca is like saying something’s a bit rubbish or crappy. It’s what you’d use when you’re not impressed with the quality of something, like bad food or a lousy product. It’s often used to express disdain or disappointment.
Ciofeca in Italian is also used to describe a disappointing drink, such as as coffee that looks delicious but tastes very bad.
How do you pronounce it?
Rubbish, crappy product; disappointing drink
The pronunciation of ciofeca in Italian is similar to cho-fay-ca. Some think it comes from the Greek kofos, for something lacking flavor and freshness like a watered-down coffee. Some think it comes from the Arabic sciafèk, undrinkable liquid.
A crappy product
Some crappy products
The crappy product
The crappy products
For example, you can say:
Questo succo di frutta non è fresco, è una vera ciofeca.
This fruit juice isn’t fresh, it’s a real disappointment.
Ho ordinato un cocktail, ma era solo una ciofeca zuccherata.
I ordered a cocktail, but it was just a sugary mess.
La borsa che ho comprato è costata pochissimo. Sarà una ciofeca.
The bag I bought was very cheap. It must be rubbish.
I prodotti economici sono spesso delle ciofeche.
Low-cost products are often junk.
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