Italian Language/Sicilian Expression


Mark wrote at 2009-08-04 21:31:11
Your grandmother was probably calling you "picciriddra", the feminine form of "little one".  The masculine form is "picciriddu".  Google the word, you'll be surprised what you find.

leslie wrote at 2015-08-22 17:04:24
Yes, my grandmother also said this--it sounds more like a "Beech-a REE-da" for a girl, "--doo" for a boy. She told us it does mean poor little baby. It was invariably followed by somethng that sounded like "fig-you-BED-a", which means pretty much the same thing. We third generation Italian Americans now use it all the time with our kids.

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