Italian Insult: Mezza Sega


I know I’ve already posted two lists of Italian swear words – first my favorites and then your suggestions – but I received this gem a few months ago from a friend, and I knew I had to share it with you. It’s just too good to keep to myself.

I bring you an Italian insult worthy of its own post:

mezza sega

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The note I got from my friend, who visited Italy over the summer, explains it perfectly:

Only the best insult ever, it means, literally, half a saw. But in every day use, it means ‘half a wanker’ — somebody who is so lazy, they can’t even finish their own job.

Now my only task is to find an excuse to use this one. Often.