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Mar 3 '21 at 20:11 answer Federico Poloni timeline score: 1
Mar 3 '21 at 9:21 comment added wfgeo Apparently I started quite a discussion on this. I do realize now that there is indeed no indication that the word comes from Italian. I guess I just assumed so due to how it was pronounced, as well as the prominence of Italian characters in many of Martin Scorese's movies (although admittedly not so much in this one). This is obviously conjecture but I think it may be reasonable that many others have probably made a similar assumption.
Mar 3 '21 at 8:10 comment added DaG @FedericoPoloni: I never questioned “how” the OP came to their conclusion, nor their good faith. I just remarked that they already had checked Italian translations with no result, so nothing would point to Italian. If the “good faith” criterion were a thing, we wouldn't need downvotes, closures, deletions and so on. Besides a small number of spammers and jokesters, the usefulness of the system is exactly for errors, duplicates, misplacements and so on, all of which are in good faith. This said, we have moderators, and apparently in their opinion this question is ok, so it's fine with me.
Mar 2 '21 at 21:23 comment added Federico Poloni @DaG Anyhow, I find little point in questioning how OP could have come to the conclusion that this word sounds Italian. The fact that it was asked (in good faith), to me, seems sufficient proof that this question is not too unthinkable.
Mar 2 '21 at 21:14 comment added Federico Poloni @DaG Some examples of words of Italian origin in use in English that I find similar-sounding: Paparazzi. Regatta. Fianchetto. Influenza. Pizza. Pistachio. Mozzarella. Cadenza. Fortissimo. Also, the surname of Italo-American writer Mario Puzo. The sounds seem all there (although I agree that Native American and Japanese have similar features).
Mar 2 '21 at 21:01 comment added DaG @FedericoPoloni: “Many” similar-sounding ones? For instance? Personally, I find “fugazi” more Japanese-sounding, say, or from some Native American language than even anything European. (But I wouldn't dream of asking about it in a site about Japanese language unless some clue, albeit vague, pointed me in that direction.)
Mar 2 '21 at 17:55 comment added Federico Poloni @DaG Because many other similar-sounding English loanwords come from Italian. This is a sufficient reason to make it a reasonable question to ask, in my view. And, as a reasonable question that is about Italian language, I see no valid motivation not to welcome it on this site.
Mar 2 '21 at 15:48 comment added DaG @FedericoPoloni: I see your point, but there is no reason at all why it should be Italian. I'd happily admit a question about a word said to be Italian by a film or a book, even if wrongly so (like “Va' fa' Napoli” from Friends, or what it was), or if the OP's searches could let them think it was Italian. But nothing in the film has to do with Italian, the OP explicitly says that “various Italian translators” gave no results, hence why especially Italian and not Spanish, German or something else?
Mar 2 '21 at 15:16 comment added Federico Poloni @DaG The question "is qpdjvinfp an Italian word?" is about Italian language, in my view. It's not the fact that the answer is "no" that makes it off-topic.
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Mar 1 '21 at 15:44 comment added DaG I’m voting to close this question because nothing in it seem to have to do with Italian language. “Fugazi” isn't an Italian word, nor anything in the quoted movie implies that it is.
Feb 26 '21 at 20:43 comment added DaG Not sure why you are asking it here... Does the character say that it is an Italian word?
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