Sicilian word of the day: Scirocco

 

The sun burnt landscape of the countryside near Nicosia, Enna.
The sun burnt landscape of the countryside near Nicosia, Enna.

 

The scirocco is an infernal African air current from the desert who whips up the heat in the Mediterranean to unbearable levels during the summer . If this hot wind is still the day is pleasant but if it is on the prowl it makes the air too hot to breathe.

Someone who is sciroccato has fallen victim to the scirocco, literally withered and windswept by the arid breeze. A victim of this Sahara based hurricane isn’t a good sight to behold, tired out, dehydrated and perpetually perspiring. The best cure is to bathe in the cool sea, find some shade under a beach umbrella, drink plenty of water and wait for the first rains of August.

In Italian someone who is sciroccato is a dazed and confused person who behaves in a bizarre and incomprehensible manner.

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One thought on “Sicilian word of the day: Scirocco

  1. I’m from Australia so I know how to handle strong heat but the scirocco coupled with the humidity is too much for even this sunburnt Ozzie! Yes, I have to simply head to the beach or else wilt away.

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