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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 28, 2011 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: postgazette@aol.com Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETtE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 115 - No. 4 Friday, January 28, 2011 GUEST EDITORIAL DIVIDED BY LANGUAGE: ITALY'S STEREOTYPES! by Orazio Z. Buttafuoco In 1963 a book written by Tullio De Mauro and en- titled "Storia Linguistica dell'Italia Unita" (Linguistic History of United Italy) was published in Italy. It was a pioneering attempt to discuss, at least, what has been in Italy the ~linguistic reality," i.e., the existence of several languages spoken, each dissimilar from one another, throughout the peninsula. They can be grouped into a dozen locally spoken languages, at most. The official "Italian" is the one people learn "formally" in schools or colleges. It is at the highest academic level that we learn and perfect our knowledge of the idiom and the understanding thereof. It may surprise many individuals that in many parts of the North we may hear people speak a language that sounds "per- fect" Italian, but often it shows little regard to basic grammar. Of course, it sounds anachronistic to hear people in the North say that the most uneducated Ital- ians live in the South. A new book written by Pietro Trifone ("Storia Linguistica dell'Italia disunita," or Linguistic history of disunited Italy) has recently been published. The title, Of course, takes issue with the other book. It reflects, nonetheless, the Neapolitan author's feelings, who wrote his book to simply explain the "disunity" still ex- isting in Italy after 150 years of unification, by relat- ing to the epithets, hilarious or otherwise, that are still used in Italy. The adjectives used are openly bi- partisan. While the North's ones sound very discrimi- natory and stereotyping and direct, those from the Southern people are much less offensive. Here are some classical examples. The Southern most common expression used to characterize the people of the North is: polentoni (perhaps because they eat polenta!), which is not that insulting, for it refers to them as "polenta eaters." Conversely, the most used Northern adjective versus the Southern folks is "terroni"I Its literal meaning is "those who work the land and are unedu- cated." In reality, the term is quite offensive to the Southerners, most of whom are quite educated. As you can see, Italy still seems to be what an Aus- trian Prime Minister called Metternick said about Italy, "A geographic expression!" Of course, the Northerners still use very offensive epithets such as: Zulu; Beduini {Bedouin), Sudici {soiled, dirty), etc. If you still wonder why Italy is not "united" yet, you can gather from the above, what life has been over the (Continued on Page 12) LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 landa Joins AFeiman Marcus eam Yolanda Cellucci, formerly of Yolanda's Fashion in Waltham recently joined Neiman Marcus at the Natick Collection as a Personal Shopping Consultant. Yolanda is ready to provide you with assistance in purchasing fine apparel to gifts or fine jewelry. The Neiman Marcus Natick Collection carries top designer looks from the runways of Paris, New York, .and Milan. Call Yolanda today to set up an appointment at 1-508-620-5707. U.S. and Italy Working Together to Preserve Italian Cultural Heritage by David Trumbull Ancient Italy saw produc- tion of some of the finest works of architecture, fine art, and decorative utilitar- ian articles the world has ever know. Generations of artists and artisans have looked to antique Italian art and design for inspiration. Here in Boston we are fortu- nate to have at the Museum of Fifie Arts the opportunity to view, whether from the permanent collection or on loan from other institutions, fine examples of ancient Italian art. But Italy's cultural heri- tage is threatened by illegal excavations and a thriving international trade in looted cultural artifacts. That is why the United States and Italy are parties to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ("UNESCO") Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. Since 2001, U.S. law, formulated in consultation with the Italian authorities, has strictly regulated the impor- tation of important cultural and historical artifacts rep- resenting the pre-classical, classical, and Imperial Roman periods (approxi- mately the 9th century B.C. through approximately the 4th century A.D.) The restrictions, which are enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, apply to such articles as sculpture and architectural elements whether in stone metal, metal vessels, jewelry, weapons and armor, ce- ramic sculpture and vessels, glass sculpture, and knick- knacks, and paintings. The restrictions were due to expire on January 19th. Upon a formal request from the Government of Italy, Customs has extended them to 2016. Similar future five- year extensions may be an- ticipated as long as Italy's cultural heritage is imper- iled by looting. With this extension Cus- toms has also modified the list of restricted articles to include ancient Italian coins. So enjoy ancient Italian art in Italy or in Ameri- can museums, but dbn't try to bring home original artifacts! f In f_9~ing Memory of Teresa Capog'reco ecember 20, 2010 ~on't weep at my grave, for 1am not there, I've a date with a butterfly to dance in the air. I'll be sinking in the sunshine, mild and free playing tag with the wind while I ant waiting for thee. J "~oston International Women'8 )at] ent" Celebriamo insieme il centenario dedicato alla donna, rendendo omaggio ad Ana Maria de Jesus Ribeiro da Silva di Garibaldi, nonche Anita Garibaldi, Domenica, 6 marzo 2011- Ore 13:00, Spinelli's Facility, 280 Bennington Street, East Boston, Massachusetts. Dopo il pranzo seguiranno divertenti attivjt sociali con sfilata di sciarpe e piacevoli sorprese. Portate la rostra sciarpa piu' bella e sfilate con noi. Per ulteriori informazioni pregasi contattare Francesca al 617-820-8885. Celebriamo Divertendoci Insieme Vinceremo JOHN NUCCI Receives Award Please join us in celebrating the Cente- nary of Women across the world to honor Ana Maria de Jesus Ribeiro da Silva di Garibaldi best known as Anita Garibaldi. Sunday, March 6, 2011 at l:00pm, Spinelli's Facility, 280 Bennington Street, East Boston, Massachusetts. For more information please contact Francesca at 617-820-8885. Scarf contest: Feel free to wear your fanciest scarf to model with us! Sharing Celebrating Winning Together Amy Ericson of the North End, executive director of the West End Community Center, presents John Nucci, vice president of External Affairs at Suffolk University, with the Outstanding West End Community Center Partner Award for 2010. (Photo by John Gillooly)