\"fiori\" di comportamenti cortesi

English translation: "gems" of courteous behavior

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Italian term or phrase:\"fiori\" di comportamenti cortesi
English translation:"gems" of courteous behavior
Entered by: Barbara Cochran, MFA

18:03 May 2, 2018
Italian to English translations [PRO]
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Italian term or phrase: \"fiori\" di comportamenti cortesi
Contesto:

Tra il 1280 e il 1300 fu anche composta la redazione originaria del Libro di novelle e di bel parlar gentile (meglio noto col titolo cinquecentesco di Novellino: vedi la voce Il Novellino), una raccolta di ambiente fiorentino che riunisce circa cento brevi novelle, nelle quali è evidente un'ancora stretta prossimità con la tradizione degli exempla. Un breve prologo avverte infatti che l'opera raccoglie alcuni "fiori" di comportamenti cortesi che lettori "nobili e gentili" potranno imitare o riferire, per dilettare le loro compagnie: in effetti le singole novelle si risolvono quasi sempre nella presentazione di una scena in cui rapidamente s'impone un gesto o un'espressione esemplare (per lo più un motto di spirito), tale da riaffermare modi di condotta socialmente corretti. Coerentemente con la "brevità" del contenuto lo stile della narrazione si presenta essenziale, conciso, basato su una lingua dalla sintassi elementare e dal lessico nitido e immediato.

Molte Grazie,

Barbara
Barbara Cochran, MFA
United States
Local time: 23:18
"gems" of courteous behavior
Explanation:
Or courteous manners, maybe

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Pearls?

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Great minds... :)
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texjax DDS PhD
Local time: 23:18
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"gems" of courteous behavior


Explanation:
Or courteous manners, maybe

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Note added at 1 hr (2018-05-02 19:24:58 GMT)
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Pearls?

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Note added at 6 hrs (2018-05-03 00:42:40 GMT)
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Great minds... :)

texjax DDS PhD
Local time: 23:18
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Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in category: 30
Notes to answerer
Asker: Hey, guess what? "Gems" was my working translation! Thanks for your confirmation!


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  writeaway:
11 mins
  -> Thank you!

agree  Lisa Jane: Yes this expression fits well, as we do not have a direct equivalent. Fiore is meant in the figurative sense of the best part of something. As it is a citation, the Italian term should be mentioned, perhaps in a footnote.
11 mins
  -> Thank you

neutral  philgoddard: I think this is the right idea, but it actually says flowers. It's right at the beginning: http://www.liberliber.it/online/autori/autori-n/novellino/il...
43 mins
  -> I see, but it might work just as fine

agree  Rachel Fell
1 hr
  -> Thank you! Ciao!
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