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  • Instead she sprinkled salt into a little bowl of water and dripped oil over it, whispering a secret chant, moving her left hand three times in a circle to ward off the malocchio evil eye.

    Knowing Jesse

  • The unblinking, Old Testament eye in the sky, malocchio in the Italian, kin-a-hora, as my Yiddish mother used to say: the evil, evil eye.

    The Lampshade

  • The Evil Eye is an old and enduring fear, and it's spread across cultures: in Italy, it's malocchio, in Spanish mal ojo or el ojo, in Farsi, bla band, and in Hebrew it's ayin ha'ra (Yiddish: ayin hora).

    Alison Stein Wellner: A Warning to All the Thankful

  • It's a common saying that the evil eye or malocchio has one in its sway, or thrall.

    The Rolling Stones Do Lovecraft

  • “Si, if you have malocchio, the oil, it goes apart.”

    Courting Trouble

  • Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi got hit with the commander's malocchio last week in the Oval office.


  • The first possibility that comes to mind -- one that we may quickly discount -- is the possibility that the word tarocchi arose by analogy with malocchio, the infamous Italian ` evil-eye, 'although the Tarot was long considered by God-fearing Christians as "the devil's picturebook."

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol III No 1

  • My meal was ruined, and I let him know it—that is, until I caught my father’s glaring eyes giving me the malocchio, the evil eye, that forced me to quiet down and eat my pasta, cheese and all.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Matters


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