Roman proverbs: sayings, idioms

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Collection of Romanesque idioms, Roman proverbs and sayings in Roman dialect, funny expressions relating to the typical dialectal form common among the inhabitants of Rome.


Roman idioms

- E 'mejo avecce a hundred ribbed dogs, which na plug ar ass.

- Approach for the burning bread that hunger arises.


- Honor and health are not in the apothecary.

- I die and then I dry up God de famme is reborn in my Rome.

- I know the money like sand, blown and voleno.


- All porteno roads in Rome.

- Er core de le donne is made in limoncello, a slice of this and that.

- Nanny and mmamma nun campeno always.


- Mejo dolor de bborsa che ddolor dde core.

- France or Spain, it is enough that if magna.

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- Mejo svejasse cor culo gelato that co ’’ n gelato ar culo.

- On them tastes nun ce if it spits.

- Happy heart, wind tongue.

- This is left with a shoe and a tie.

- We Romans had the aria der menefrego granted by Christ.

- Yes, you are not a king, you do not make the law nova and lassa er monno as if you find it.

- The bbirboni with the bbirboni get along well.


- Nu ’spoja’ ‘n artare pe’ vestinne an antro.

- The donkey quanno raja, there appitito; the man, when he turns, is in love; when the woman sings, I go husband.

- Botta fired and hare ran away no more.

- Li mejo bocconi sò der coco.

- A li muli no ji sta reto, a li matti stay away.

- Turn and turn for cucumber always goes to the greengrocer.


- Lo malo enters in keel, comes out in ounces.

- At all there is arimedio fora that death.

- Whoever works doesn't go down the drain, but who works also does it, so it's mejo nun he'll work.

- Who knows no ffinge nun knows reign.

- Love, cough and mange nun annisconneno.

- Little and gnente j’ is relative.

- A vorte pure 'and fleas have' a cough.

- Lassa loses her servant, then she arrives at the mistress.

- Young idle, old bbisognoso.

- A hundred years of tears, not a lot of debt.

- Hen that nun pecks is a sign that pecked.

- The relatives of the pope soon became cardinals.


- In his youth er mess, in old age Christ and wine.

- Quann’e day de pijallo 'nculo er wind lifts your shirt.

- All galantommini but I miss the stuff.

- And women know mejo in bed that ar kilo.

- Who vva ppe 'cares' aresta screwed.

- Bad nun ago, fear nun avé.

- He pees on the bed and says he has sweated.

- It is good and forgetful, it hurts and dangles.

- Quanno er diavolo lecca te ssegno vvo ’soul.

- There are two types of woman: the whores and the pure. The hooves, I know hooves; the pure, pure.

- Quann’s Swiss is not a pity.

- Whoever bends too far does see an ass.


- Quanno big mouth and er ass reindeer, in the ass to the medicines and who came.

- Give up if you see, give up faith.

- Love is like an egg: it is good when it is fresh.

- We pray to the Lord that you are summer and winter you are winter.

- You're fucking straight, it's raining hard.

- Bruno bbruno, just for one.

- Who is beautiful if he sees, who is good if he knows.

- Who sparte has mejo part.

- In Anagni you do not bring nun magni.

- Moje that if she turns to whistle, it is only risk for her husband.

- Mejo cheeky, that pansa moscia.

- A l'omo de poco faje hinted er fire.


- At the der fig tree nun there is a little perch.

- It is short mejo that sticks that long that rinses.

- Water passed nun grinds more.

- Who works is the hump, who does not work is the stuff.

- A la fija de la vorpe nun je se 'nsegna' a lair.

- If you work for camp, nun if you live for work.

- Sacco voto nun is straight.

Roman sayings

- It is cleaner this mange.

- You get hard at pissed off: you piss you piss.

- In sta vale de lacrime, someone liked it well.

- Who is there, who is not.

- Quanno Te Swabian with four balls, the enemy is behind him.


- Who shit on the snow then if it turns out.

- The woman is like the chestnut: bella de fora and I drag the magagna.

- It has to do with it.

- If Rome were in port Naples would be in the vegetable garden.

- Whoever plays a lot in ruvina goes de botto.

- Fidasse is bbene, nun fidasse is mmejo.

- Mejo dolor de bborsa che dolor de core.

- Trust the vorpe and the badger, but you don't trust the woman to give a low ass.

- Whoever makes them count without the innkeeper, will do them again.

- With affection and feeling, the less I see you and mejo I feel.

- To whom it is nun's turn.

- What nun throttles' fat.

- To whom jè gnaws er ass jè stinks er finger de shit.

- In Rome, for luck, there are three d's, women, money and the devil.

- The hour of today, nun is that of tomorrow.

- In Rome, God is not triune, but money.

- After forty nun if he whistles and nun if he sings.

- Magna well, strong shit and no fear of death.

- The man, pe ’they homo, a 'dda stinks.

- If Rome were in port Naples would be in the vegetable garden.

- The woman is like the chestnut: bella de fora and I drag the magagna.

- Dead 'n pope makes a cave.

- For 'you know' a good piece, I want a good merchant.

- Go to the square and pija consijo, go home and do as you please.

- Belly full, nun thinks about belly vote.

- The bad reputation that all gold der monno is worth more.

- Nun is robbing the house of thieves.

- The relatives of the Pope, soon become cardinals.

- Nun if buggera er cantaro.

- Everyone with their own flour makes us the dumplings they seem.

- Omo de vino nun vale 'n quatrino.

- You made love? Fatte will sigh.

- The eye wants its part, it punctures them.

- Fra Modesto was never Prior.

- The sins of Master Paul plagued them Master Peter.

- Pound der because it is under er ass de Pasquino.

- Friend of all and de gnisuno is one.

- Mejo cheeky, what a belly.

- Enough a woman for them to have a secret and make everyone drink and cojonalli.

- The women cried er 'n sacco.

- As far as you know, the scene, if you dig up.

- If you are holding wine, magnatela grape grains.

- Always bbene nun po 'anna', it is always bad even.

- If you see death, if you scratch.

- Sparagna, sparagna, arrives er cat and magna.

- Bad nun ago, fear nun avé.

- Make your name and go to Rubbà.

- Er monno the God adjusts, I cross the cross.

- Deaf them I know how you pain them. Who cellà keeps them.

- Er needs makes everything.

- The deaf that ariveno co er er trallarallà if they go corallallallero.

- Er dog always cuts off or tears.

- Mejo cheeky, what a belly.

- Love is not good and nothing is litigello.

- The Romans spoke badly, but thought bbene.

- A glass of Frascati is worth more than all the water of the Tiber.

- The only beautiful thing about Milan is to train to Rome.

- Forgiveness is from homo, forget it is from bbestia.

- Mejo esse ’amato che ttemuto.

- It rains or it doesn't rain for Papa Magna.

- Mejo smells like wine than holy water.

Roman proverbs

- Who has er bread, has no teeth and who has teeth nun has er bread.

- Mejo had broken carons' n ass, that er ass broken inside the carons.

- Those who have the money have never been wrong.

- You tell me 'roundabout ... and tell me er Panteon that I don't understand you.

- If instead of calf they give you er mule ... you magna be silent and fuck off.

- Forty year old woman throws it on the river with all the clothes.

- Years and wine glasses if you never hold it.

- Woman who moves her hip is' nignotta little is missing.

- It rains or it doesn't rain for pope magna.

- Inside 'a small barrel there is good wine, but' in the big one there is more.

- Happy heart, wind tongue.

- If he was mejo quanno if he was worse.

- Left and right is all soup.

- Whoever makes you more mother, or pretends or deceives you.

- The Sora Camilla, all of them won and none of them.

- Who sparte has mejo part.

- Door open for whoever brings, whoever brings does not leave.

- Those who bow too much show off their ass.

- Among dogs there is no mozzicheno.

- Who is born tuna did not die in a picture.

- It is good for the donkeys to receive the paws in paunch.

- Who leads for the first time.

- Roscia, panza moscia.

- Your shopkeeper friend makes you more expensive.

- If you feel comfortable, look back.

- Whoever lifts the old way for the nova finds bad way.

- Vedé e nun touching is' na thing to crack.

- Who magna e caga is like ‘n papa.

- Pe knows well 'a famija, first' a mother and then 'a fija.

- The man without the pansa is like er celo without and stars.

- He who praises you in the face says badly behind his shoulders.

- Omo de panza, homo de substance.

- Er monno is made with shoes, who hunts them and who puts them on.

- Too many roosters in a cantà, nun if it never gets daylight.

- Er pane de casa stove.

- You do as the ancients say that if you blow the bowls and throw them, you cool them.

- What nun throttles' fat.

- In tera de cechi, blessed are you with an eye.

- Sacco voto nun is straight.

- In times of famine, every hole is a gallery.

- It will not spit in the sky that you fall back into your mouth.

- In de guera times, every hole is in the trench.

- Too many roosters in a cantà, nun if it never gets daylight.

- Mbè? Mbè make sheep, and the wolf if magna.

- They caught you in the mouth 'n mouth.

- Trust the rich impoverished and nun you will trust the poor enriched.

- Beauty doesn't find closed doors.

- Rome was made a little peevish.

- Plan blackbird that the fraction is long.

- Quanno says badly mozzicheno ‘and sheep.

- Those who raise a fijo breed them mad, those who raise a pig breed them fat.

- 'Where there is no exchange, remission is uncertain.

- Who ppiù screams, cià ppiù reason.

- 'Na fracica apple spoils one hundred bbones.

- If my grandfather took the wheels, it was a wheelbarrow.

- Mejo che la pansa mia crepi che la bbontà de Ddio if you waste.

- If my grandfather took the wheels, it was a tramway.

- Who seeks ajuto, ar più finds consijio.

- If my grandfather had five balls, he was a pinball.

- The hand that arigala is ar de above the one it receives.

- Those who are born stupid are stupid to die for. "

- Whoever kisses a mouth sucks one.

- Who said woman said damage.

- Daje and daje also pigeons if they make quaie.

- Who said homo said malanno.

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