My grandma used to say a word in Italian (it's the only language she spoke) that sounded something like this: "assodida". I spell it as it sounds. It seemed like some sort of a swear word, because she usually would yell it when something happened. Any idea what it is? The meaning is driving us crazy! Thank you.

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    It sounds like a dialectal term, where was your grandma from?
    – user519
    Oct 4, 2016 at 6:03
  • Can you say where the stress fell on the word? Was it more like assòdida or assodìda?
    – DaG
    Oct 4, 2016 at 6:54
  • The stress seemed to fall in the middle, kind of like : assODida. My sister remembers it as sounding like this : ass SAW did da. Hope this helps. we are putting together a family story, and we are including all the expressions that were said over the years
    – Phil
    Oct 4, 2016 at 12:54

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Let me guess... the word is assordita, meaning deafened, in the feminine form.

The implication is that a particular situation was extremely loud, like children crying, dishes breaking, etc., as to make your grandma deaf.

  • Yes, it could be, She always seemed mad when she said it, As if something happened when she said it.
    – Phil
    Oct 4, 2016 at 12:58
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    Unfortunately assordita is not a very common word at all (I originally thought it did not even exist, before cheching in a dictionary). The most common form is assordata.
    – Denis Nardin
    Oct 4, 2016 at 16:50

Could it be a' soreta / assorreta? It is a rude answer to insults, not in Italian, but in Neapolitan dialect. It means to your sister, literally.

Unfortunately the only references I can find come from Yahoo Answers (not the most reputable of sites, I know...): 1 2.

  • That could be it, It seems like the closest to the word. She always seemed mad when she said it. So maybe?
    – Phil
    Oct 4, 2016 at 12:57
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    @Phil: I feel this to be far, far more likely. I never heard assordita used as an expletive, and the stress is consistent with a soreta, not with assordita.
    – DaG
    Oct 4, 2016 at 13:37
  • Thank you. Like I said, we are appreciative of all the information.
    – Phil
    Oct 4, 2016 at 17:49

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