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English translation: Piemontese slang to express admiration

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Italian term or phrase:countach
English translation:Piemontese slang to express admiration
Entered by: Susana Galilea
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03:57 Apr 2, 2004
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Italian term or phrase: countach
I think this is an expression of amazement. It is a model name of a Lamborghini car.
Ross
Piemontese slang
Explanation:
Interestingly, although it was a 1980s icon, the Countach debuted at the Geneva Auto Salon as a show car way back in 1971 and was introduced to the European market in 1974. ***In polite terms, the name Countach is Piemontese slang for "Good Lord!" or simply, "Wow!"*** This exclamation aptly describes most car lovers' response on seeing the car for the first time. Wildly futuristic in the '70s, the Countach was the work of Marcello Gandini at the Carrozzeria Nuccio Bertone.

http://forbes.com/2002/05/13/0513vow.html

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Note added at 35 mins (2004-04-02 04:33:24 GMT)
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The car apparently received its name shortly before the show when someone at Bertone\'s Grugliasco plant saw it and exclaimed \"Countach\" (pronounced \"COON-tahsh\" or \"CUN-touch\", Italians use both pronunciations). ***The expression is from a local Piemontese dialect that seems difficult to translate without offending someone. It is the sort of thing a northern Italian male might say to express appreciation of a particularly attractive female.***

http://www.lamborghiniregistry.com/Countach/CountachLP500/
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Susana Galilea
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Local time: 04:58
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I found this answer to be very informative and helpful. Thanks very much.
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Piemontese slang


Explanation:
Interestingly, although it was a 1980s icon, the Countach debuted at the Geneva Auto Salon as a show car way back in 1971 and was introduced to the European market in 1974. ***In polite terms, the name Countach is Piemontese slang for "Good Lord!" or simply, "Wow!"*** This exclamation aptly describes most car lovers' response on seeing the car for the first time. Wildly futuristic in the '70s, the Countach was the work of Marcello Gandini at the Carrozzeria Nuccio Bertone.

http://forbes.com/2002/05/13/0513vow.html

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Note added at 35 mins (2004-04-02 04:33:24 GMT)
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The car apparently received its name shortly before the show when someone at Bertone\'s Grugliasco plant saw it and exclaimed \"Countach\" (pronounced \"COON-tahsh\" or \"CUN-touch\", Italians use both pronunciations). ***The expression is from a local Piemontese dialect that seems difficult to translate without offending someone. It is the sort of thing a northern Italian male might say to express appreciation of a particularly attractive female.***

http://www.lamborghiniregistry.com/Countach/CountachLP500/

Susana Galilea
United States
Local time: 04:58
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
Grading comment
I found this answer to be very informative and helpful. Thanks very much.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  reblack: I agree but I have never heard anyone say it in conversation in Piedmontese or Torinese
1 hr

agree  Gian: vedi countach@padania.to.it - (da Contacc! : espressione piemontese che si usa per esternare sorpresa, stupore, rimprovero)
5 hrs

agree  Mario Marcolin
5 hrs

agree  Peter Cox: totally agree - as a super car enthusiast I have seen this explanation often
1 day2 hrs
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