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  • It's just that nothing – even the best translation - can really live up to the originals: "Non più andrai, farfallone amaroso" "You won't go any more, amorous butterfly" sounds much better in Italian.

    Opera versus musicals: which do you prefer? 2011

  • The farfallone amoroso basked in the soft smiles and sunny looks of the Countess Almaviva; we met but the cold, impassive look of Talleyrand, the piercing and penetrating stare of Savary, or the ambiguous smile, half menace, half mockery, of Monsieur Fouché.

    Charles O'Malley — Volume 1 Charles James Lever 1839


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  • Large bow ties.

    October 17, 2007

  • Preferably not the kind you wear.

    October 17, 2007

  • Those aren't good. They absorb too much sauce.

    April 18, 2009

  • It also means philanderer in Italian.

    April 18, 2009