I love Italian idiomatic expressions – those sayings you just can’t translate directly but which make the Italian language the colorful and charming language it is.
Today’s saying is much more illustrative than the English, even to non-smokers:
Non vale una cicca.
This phrase is meant to convey that “It’s not worth anything,” but “anything” isn’t descriptive enough for Italians. And even though there are plenty of Italians who smoke, this phrase literally translates to “It’s not worth a cigarette butt.” I wonder if this saying will go out of fashion now that Italy is banning smoking in more and more places?
I’ll keep sharing Italian idiomatic expressions with you periodically; and if you’ve got a favorite saying, let me know!
If you like this one, check out some of the other Italian idiomatic expressions I’ve posted about, too.