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To live the life of Reilly

Italian translation: www.proz.com/?sp=h&id=320132&keyword=reilly

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23:12 Dec 30, 2002
English to Italian translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: To live the life of Reilly
Conosco il signifiacato,ma vorrei sapere da che personaggio deriva l'espressione
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Italian translation:www.proz.com/?sp=h&id=320132&keyword=reilly
Explanation:
copio dalla risposta fornita a suo tempo da Domenica Grangiotti:

vivere una vita senza pensieri e senza legami

vita spensierata, senza una sola preoccupazione

Questa e' l'origine dell'espressione


Live the life of Riley - live in a comfortable and carefree existence
First found in My Name is Kelly, a music-hall song with an Irish flavour written in 1919 by H. Pease: 'Faith, and my name is Kelly, Michael Kelly,/But I'm living the life of Reilly just the same'. This would not have made much sense unless the audience was expected to recognise or be amused by the mention of Reilly. The reference is probably to an earlier popular song, Is that Mr Reilly?, which describes what Reilly would do if he ever made his fortune: 'Is that Mr Reilly that owns the hotel?/Well if that's Mr Reilly they speak of so highly/Upon my soul, Reilly, you're doing quite well!'.

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luskie
Local time: 23:25
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Grazie, buon lavoro
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4 +3www.proz.com/?sp=h&id=320132&keyword=reilly
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www.proz.com/?sp=h&id=320132&keyword=reilly


Explanation:
copio dalla risposta fornita a suo tempo da Domenica Grangiotti:

vivere una vita senza pensieri e senza legami

vita spensierata, senza una sola preoccupazione

Questa e' l'origine dell'espressione


Live the life of Riley - live in a comfortable and carefree existence
First found in My Name is Kelly, a music-hall song with an Irish flavour written in 1919 by H. Pease: 'Faith, and my name is Kelly, Michael Kelly,/But I'm living the life of Reilly just the same'. This would not have made much sense unless the audience was expected to recognise or be amused by the mention of Reilly. The reference is probably to an earlier popular song, Is that Mr Reilly?, which describes what Reilly would do if he ever made his fortune: 'Is that Mr Reilly that owns the hotel?/Well if that's Mr Reilly they speak of so highly/Upon my soul, Reilly, you're doing quite well!'.



luskie
Local time: 23:25
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
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Grazie, buon lavoro

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