[Milton-L] PL in one epigram

Mulryan, John JMULRYAN at sbu.edu
Fri Jan 16 09:17:42 EST 2015

good one!
From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of Dario Rivarossa [dario.rivarossa at gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, January 16, 2015 3:33 AM
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Subject: [Milton-L] PL in one epigram

Dear friends, during the Christmas holidays I worked out some 70
epigrams, one of which is devoted to Paradise Lost. Unfortunately,
they are all based on untranslatable Italian puns. The Miltonian one

     "Sir, peggio

     di così!"

     esclamò Adamo.

Meaning: "Sir, it couldn't be worse than this! -- Adam cried." But
"Sir, peggio" (peggio = worse) sounds like "serpeggio," I snake.

il Tassista / the Tasso Driver

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