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Italian word of the day: 'Salute'

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Italian word of the day: 'Salute'
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Here's to your health!


If you ever hear the word salute used in Italy, it's not in reference to Mussolini supporters trying to revive the fascist salute (that would be a saluto); instead it means 'health' or 'wellbeing'.

Mi dispiace di non essere riuscita a venire alla vostra festa la settimana scorsa, ho avuto problemi di salute.
Sorry I couldn't make it to your party last week, I was having health problems.

Mangiare frutta e verdura tutti i giorni fa bene alla salute.
It's good for your health to eat fruits and vegetables every day.

It's also something you say can as an alternative to cin cin when drinking a toast with your friends - (drinking to their health, in other words).

Salute, ragazzi!
Cheers, everyone!

Tanta salute a tutti!
Good health to all!

Similarly, you can also say it to someone after they've sneezed - the Italian for 'bless you!'

- Salute!
- Bless you!

Unlike the French salut, it's not used as a general greeting (for that you'd want salve or just ciao), but the verb salutare does in fact meant to go and greet/ say hi to someone.


Andiamo a salutare Laura.
Let's go and say hi to Laura.

Passeremo a salutarvi dopo il lavoro.
We'll stop by and say hi after work.

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