What’s the meaning of the funny-sounding word figuraccia in Italian? Read on to find out how to pronounce this word along with some example sentences.
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What does figuraccia mean in Italian?
Figuraccia refers to an embarrassing or awkward situation. It’s like when you find yourself in a cringe-worthy moment that makes you look bad, making a fool of yourself. We can translate it into English as “bad impression” or “gaffe”.
How do you pronounce it?
Bad impression, gaffe
The pronunciation of figuraccia in Italian is similar to fee-goo-RUTCH-chah. Figuraccia comes from figura, which means “figure” or “appearance”. Adding the descriptive suffix -accia gives it a negative meaning, emphasizing a particularly bad situation, the one that will make you sleepless at night while your brain mulls things over.
A bad impression
Some bad impressions
The bad impression
The bad impressions
For example, you can say:
Mi sono vergognato io per la sua figuraccia.
I felt embarrassed for his blunder.
Ho fatto una figuraccia in biblioteca.
I made a fool of myself at the library.
Questa giornalista fa spesso figuracce in diretta TV.
This journalist often makes embarrassing blunders on live TV.
Non hai paura di fare una figuraccia?
Aren’t you afraid of making a fool of yourself?
On the other hand, if you do a bella figura, it means you make a good impression or create a positive image.
Vestiti bene, parla solo quando è il tuo turno e farai bella figura.
Dress well, speak only when it’s your turn, and you’ll make a good impression.
And if you like curse words, you can also say fare una figura di merda, meaning “to make a shitty impression”.
Che figura di merda!
What a shitty impression!
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