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fiasco

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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:it language|Template:lang:it]][[Category:Template:lang:it derivations]] fiasco (bottle, flask) - the type of round wine bottle, sometimes wrapped in straw, used traditionally for Chianti wine. The failure sense specifically derives via French from the [[w:Template:lang:it language|Template:lang:it]][[Category:Template:lang:it derivations]] phrase fare fiasco, literally meaning “make a bottle” (used in Italian theatre to mean “failure in a performance”). This is similar to the informal British English usage of "to bottle out" meaning to "lose one's nerve".

An alternative interpretation of the Italian "far fiasco" as a meaning for failure can be traced to production of glass bottles by glass blowing. A mistake in the process would result in a bottle of irregular shape with protruding or enlarged base is termed "fiasco" as opposed to "bottiglia" /bot'tiIPA: ʎʎa/ (bottle)

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /fɪˈæs.kəʊ/, SAMPA: /fI"{s.k@U/

Noun

fiasco (plural fiascos, fiascoes)

  1. A ludicrous or humiliating failure. Some effort that went quite wrong.
  2. A wine bottle in a (usually straw) jacket.

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See also

  • fiasci (hypercorrect plural)
  • fiaschi (Italianate plural; often considered pedantic)

References


Italian

Pronunciation

Noun

fiasco m. (plural fiaschi)

  1. flask
  2. fiasco

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