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  • A dialect version (I assume) of "scostumato," Italian for "immoral." Although I don't think that's really what my mom wanted to call us. Most likely, she was just emphasizing our utter rudeness (see maleducato). :-)

    October 24, 2007

  • Did it sound like shcustumato?

    November 1, 2008

  • No, no "H" that I heard. Why do you ask?

    November 2, 2008

  • Scostumato means, literally, bad-mannered. Are you? :-)

    November 2, 2008

  • Oh, not now, Pro--I'm always very well-mannered. ;-) But I may have been on occasion when I was a child.

    November 2, 2008

  • Just trying to place it on my dialect map.

    November 2, 2008

  • Ah. And have you? (Curious myself now.) My mom's family hails from Abruzzo, if that's any help.

    November 3, 2008

  • I would have guessed southern Italy, not west coast. By southern I mean south of the Rimini-La Spezia isogloss. So we're in the ballpark, er, campo di gioco.

    November 3, 2008

  • Southern = South of La Spezia?! That's... unexpected, at least!

    November 3, 2008

  • That was how Professoressa Ventura put it to us in Italian Phonetics class.

    November 3, 2008