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March 14, 2012


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Jemmy Hope

The French have commère for 'gossip', also denoting the relationship between a child's mother and godmother. The male equivalent, compère, can also be used to describe a close friend. In English we use both words for someone introducing acts in a show.
I noticed, in the 'Sopranos' TV series, the gangsters used the Italian equivalent , commare, to mean 'mistress', though in the Neapolitan version, gummà'.

Virtual Linguist

How interesting, Jemmy. Thanks. I should have known the French, but didn't!

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