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Hillary Clinton Reacts to News that Bill Richardson Endorses Obama March 26, 2008

Posted by Sobek in Women Ranting.


Ridi, stregaccia.


1. Michael - March 26, 2008

Erm, I hate to point this out, I really do, but there is only one “c” in “stregacia” (Italian for “witch”).


2. Sobek - March 26, 2008

The Italian word for witch is “strega.” The suffix “-accia” means wicked or bad.

3. Michael - March 27, 2008

All I know, to tell the truth, is that “stregacia” worked in the Italian-English translator and “stregaccia” did not.

4. Muslihoon - March 27, 2008

According to Wikipedia, stregheria is an archaic Italian word that refers to witchcraft, which now refers to a neo-pagan supposedly Italian-based form of witchcraft (of the Wicca variety). Stregoneria is the modern word which refers to the all sorts of practices we call witchcraft.

In 1899, Charles Leland published Aradia: Gospel of the Witches. After decades, it became quite popular, helping the New Age-ish neo-pagan witchcraft traditions sprouting up in the West. It is a little interesting that the supposedly anti-authoritarian and sometimes antinomian groups would need a sacred text.

Consider, also, The Book of the Law, “revealed” by Aleister Crowley. Thelema, the occult group the book spawned, is quite antinomian and freewheeling. But even they needed a “prophet” who dictated a sacred book. (Actually, Crowley came out with volumes of writings. The Book of the Law or Liber AL vel Legis (among certain circles of Western occult movements, it’s quite cool to label all their writings and books as Liber this and Liber that; “liber” means “book” in Latin) was his magnum opus, and one for which he claimed he didn’t write. It was supposedly dictated to him over three days by a spirit named Aiwass while he was in Egypt.)

I guess my point is that many people mock the various peoples of sacred books (Jews, Christians, Muslims) as weak people who need a sacred text to guide and indoctrinate and brainwash and dictate to them, while the fact is that groups they would otherwise laud, as being antiauthoritarian and anti-establishment, still come forth with sacred books. (The best example is the Satanic group, The Temple of Set, which has The Book of Coming Forth by Night, supposedly revealed by Set himself.)

5. Muslihoon - March 27, 2008

So is foucaccia is a bad fouc? Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Sorry for my rant apropos to nothing. I find such weird stuff to be absolutely fascinating.

6. Muslihoon - March 27, 2008

The “Google Test” supports Sobek. 10,500 results for “stregaccia”, 6 results for “stregacia”.

7. Sobek - March 27, 2008

Michael, plug in the word “strega.”

My Bantam dictionary doesn’t have any entry for “stregacia” or “stregaccia.” I just made a neologism according to common Italian practice.

8. lauraw - March 27, 2008

*pointing and laughing at Michael*

Do not jump ugly with the languages-dudes.

9. Retired Geezer - March 27, 2008

I admire Michael’s restraint in not changing all their comments to make him look good.

10. eddiebear - March 27, 2008

One of the books my wife bought for my daughter is a version of Strega Nonna that is translated into English.

My daughter loves it.

11. Mr Minority - March 27, 2008

Pardon me gentlemen, but the majority of us morons that frequent this place don’t really give a rusty fuck if the word has one or two “c”. Because in the big scheme of things, does it help me get better gas mileage? Does it make chocolate taste better? Does porn look sharper on my computer?

I think not!!

12. Pennywise - March 27, 2008

After seeing this picture even I am a little bit scared of clowns.

13. Bart - March 27, 2008

lol, skinbad said that he learned everything he knows about Pagliacci from the Untouchables.

lol, true story, I learned about Pagliacci from the Simpsons.

(you gets your culture from wheres you can gets it)

14. daveintexas - March 27, 2008

I learned about opera watching Bugs Bunny

15. Sobek - March 27, 2008

I learned about it from Seinfeld.

16. Sobek - March 27, 2008

My kids, on the other hand, learned about it from a Pavarotti CD we play some mornings. My three-year-old can identify Pavarotti by voice (this morning he said “Pavarwotti is Santa Clause!”) and has informed me that he prefers Andrea Bocelli.

I’ve never been more proud to know I’m raising a bunch of elitist snobs.

17. dr4 - March 27, 2008

Theres a video of Pavarotti performing in Rigoletto where he looks a helluva lot like John Candy.

18. Retired Geezer - March 27, 2008

I’ve never been more proud to know I’m raising a bunch of elitist snobs.

Huh… so you were Bart’s foster parents… who knew?

19. BrewFan - March 27, 2008


The Stephen King reference will not be lost on all the morons.

20. geoff - March 27, 2008

I just made a neologism according to common Italian practice.

Cleanup on Aisle 12!

…and in the future we’ll thank you to make your neologisms in a suitable facility.

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