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by Jonathan Boardman

All in a suffix

THE English language is full of Italian, but not vice versa. It is true that “Un milord” is the correct Italian expression for an aristocratic 18th-century “Grand Tourist”, but it is hardly current usage. Pretentious Italians do sometimes drop an English word into a sentence, but more often than not the words are used in an idiosyncratic way — “un golf” is, for example, a type of sweater.

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