Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

La Macchina

Yes, those new neighbours, they're certainly Italian. I heard one of them use an Italian word I recognize. La Macchina. Car.

Interesting the difference between those two words in the two languages. The English car- meaning chariot- assimilates the new to the old, smoothing over the transition between technologies, suggesting to the woolgathering English mind that horses are somehow still involved. The Italian word- macchina- bravely embraces the new. No horses here- (we have shot the horses and eaten them)-  this is like nothing you've seen before-  a machine.  In the north: cloudiness, ambiguity, sentiment.  In the south: clarity, forthrightness, Futurismo.
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