Contact Us
Make My Homepage

The Rossi Glossary Returns – The Origins

Late Night members of the Rossi Posse can get befuddled by a variety of phrases I use during the course of the show.

Words like “ahshpett”; “strunz” “shem” and a host of others too numerous to mention.

So not to overload you with too much information, let me give you the background of where they come.

Grandma and Mr Broccoli yakkin' away in Neapolitan!

Grandma Rossi.

No one was better at turning a phrase than Grandma!

She mainly spoke in a very heavy Neapolitan dialect of Italian.

Neapolitan is a very “sing-song” kind of dialect; full of quotes from “e gente antiche” (the elders of the tribe; the ancients); and double entrendre, something she would use quite often, with the kind of figurative language that would make a sailor blush.

Neapolitans were noted for that…and for some reasons, the women moreso than the men.

Let me give you an example.

There was a time when a girl of questionable morals was passing the store. Noticing her, my grandmother, with a look of disgust, described her by saying: Quella’ teneve nn’ sacc’ eh’ train a trazi e’ uscire luogo’ bassh”; or “she’s had quite of few subway trains in and out down there!”

Need I say more?

So periodically you will see expressions that come from my experience growing up in the ethnic stew that’s been my life thusfar.

And not just Neapolitan, but Sicilian, Yiddish, and Puerto Rican Spanish.

And please….feel free to add your own…or if there’s something you remember your parents or grandparents using, please share below.

We all need a good laugh!

See you tonight at 11!

Best of NJ 101.5

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.