Fine

Most Italian words are recognisable as such, but occasionally you’ll come across one which could be confused with an English word. This one, for example.
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Of course this means “end”, and is pronounced “fee-neh”. It’s not warning you that you’ll have to pay a fine, or happily asserting that everything’s just dandy.
The example which most amuses me is the one which can sometimes be seen at the entrance to road tunnels. If there’s a motorway exit immediately after the end of the tunnel, there’ll be a sign for the exit, followed by the words “a fine tunnel” (at the end of the tunnel). Which leads me to imagine a whole series of similar signs adorning other types of Italian transport infrastructure saying things like “A fantastic bridge”, or “A wonderful bypass”.

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One thought on “Fine

  1. jellyjules May 8, 2015 / 5:26 am

    A fabulous fairway….

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