To start this week in the best way here you'll find the most common ways to wish Good Luck in Italian! More slang for you!!!
Obviously the most common way is wishing BUONA FORTUNA (Good luck), but we also have other special ways, related to animals!
IN BOCCA AL LUPO (in the mouth of the wolf)
This is the most used sentence. And because going in the mouth of the wolf is definitely dangerous, you have to answer: CREPI! ( hoping he will die)....I know, poor wolf...
IN CULO ALLA BALENA ( in the backside of the whale)
This is another way used all over Italy. What you have to answer to such a wishing?
CHE NON CAGHI! (hoping it won't poop)
IN GROPPA AL RICCIO (on the back of the hedgehog)
This is a less used way to wish good luck, but if somebody tells you this, just answer: SPERIAMO CHE DORMA A PANCIA IN SU! (let's hope it will sleep on its back).
BE AWARE!!! WHAT YOU CAN'T SAY!
If you'll come to Italy you will discover we are pretty superstitious...so, the word "AUGURI" (wishes) can only be used in certain cases. It's perfect for a wedding, or a birthday, but never use it when somebody has to pass a difficult situation or an examination, or anything that requires a good amount of luck. Telling a student AUGURI before a test could create a panic attack in the poor guy! And be sure that even if he will smile at you, thanking you, his fingers will be ready for the sign of the horns on his back!
Go with an IN BOCCA AL LUPO, and everything will be perfect! We care about Good Luck!
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