- From Italian soldo, from Latin solidum. (Wiktionary)
“Not even Vicenzo da Lozzo, the letter-writer, was glad of the day, although people besieged his desk under the court-house loggia, and were more than willing to pay him a soldo a word, if they only might write a line of farewell on this their last day to their dear ones far away.”
“The sparings of the whole week which have not been laid out for chances in the lottery, are spent for this evening's amusement; and in the vast pit you see, besides the families of comfortable artisans who can evidently afford it, a multitude of the ragged poor, whose presence, even at the low rate of eight or ten soldi [Footnote: The soldo is the hundredth part of the”
“Maidens with water-jars on their heads which might have been dug up at Pompeii; priests with broad hats and huge cloaks; sailors with blue shirts and red girdles; urchins who almost instinctively cry for a "soldo" and break into the Tarantella if you look at them; quiet, grave, farmer-peasants with the Phrygian cap; coral-fishers fresh from the African coast with tales of storm and tempest and the Madonna's help -- make up group after group of Caprese life as one looks idly on, a life not specially truthful perhaps or moral or high-minded, but sunny and pleasant and pretty enough, and harmonizing in its own genial way with the sunshine and beauty around.”
“Un soldo risparmiato è un soldo guadagnato da spendere senza pensarci su cose frivole ma divertenti.”
“The cheapest dishes, at one soldo, consisted of a slice of pizza, or four or five fritters made from bits of cabbage stalk and fragments of anchovy, or nine boiled chestnuts swimming in a reddish juice.”
“He cuts them into so many slices worth one soldo each, and gives them to a boy who goes off to sell them from a portable table at some street corner.”
“I grandi uomini in tempo di guerra vanno via tre al soldo.”
“They meant him to be a priest, and raked and scraped every soldo to educate him.”
“It was just the life he loved, the ideal life, and it wasn't costing him a cent -- no, not a _soldo_, to speak more in the Venetian manner.”
“A man in a barrier hut stopped him and made him understand that he had to pay a soldo.”
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