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Ten Insights into Italian Culture: #3 – April Fool’s in Italy

In Italian culture, April Fool’s Day is marked not by a prank but by a reference to fish. Yes, a fish. Or two fish. Or many fish.* The idea is to say something to someone that will prompt them to ask a clarification question. And if they fall for it, the answer to that clarification question will invariably be “the fish (il pesce d’aprile)!”

*Couldn’t resist a little editor’s reminder to anglophones and ESL speakers that fish, whether singular or plural, is always expressed as “fish.”

 

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