Posted by Ines on December 10, 1999
In Reply to: Al fresco posted by bluebaron on December 10, 1999
: : Italian "AL FRESCO" does not mean "in the open air",
: : but just the opposit : "IN JAIL !" literally.
: : Regards
: Pippo: "Teach" and "Kahl" are correct...al fresco "al": in the "fresco": cool. In colloquial Italian: outdoors. It's even in decent English dictionaries. Oh, and YES I did study Italian, and YES, I've been to Italy, and YES any one who has every dined in a sidewalk cafe or courtyard knows what "al fresco" means. Find your local library, quickly, before you get to "al dente"...
Bluebaron: It seems to me that whilst you may have studied Italian it is not your native tongue so it ill becomes you to be so bombastic, arrogant, ill mannered and obviously lazy in researching your contributions. Does it not occur to you that not everybody who contributes by asking a question or making a statement is a well informed Professor of English - or Italian for that matter - so the last thing we need is the kind of put down you've delivered here. This site is a place where people may ask all kinds of questions - even silly ones - and expect an answer which even you may benefit from occasionally.
If it is to become the place where people embark on ego trips then it ceases to be a place on the net where accurate and useful information is to be found and where even school kids may come, without fear of intimidation, to pose a question and expect an answer which is not accompanied by a sneer from those who consider themselves intellectually gifted and educationally accomplished.