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Figlio di puttana, sai che tu sei un pezzo di merda

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16:38 Aug 28, 2000
Italian to English translations [Non-PRO]
Italian term or phrase: Figlio di puttana, sai che tu sei un pezzo di merda
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na +1Son of a bitch, you know that you're a piece of shitLucia Morassutti
na -1[You asked for it...]Heathcliff


  

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19 mins peer agreement (net): -1
[You asked for it...]


Explanation:
"You son of a whore, you're a piece of shit"

The construction "sai che" = "know" (in the imperative, as "know that you're a piece..."). It can also be translated as "you know, you're a piece..."). However, it's used most often in Italian simply as an idiomatic intensifier, and therefore can be omitted from the English. -- Hope this helps...

Heathcliff
United States
Local time: 12:23
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 504

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Laura Gentili

Fernando Ojeda-Doldán

disagree  DR. RICHARD BAVRY: son of a bitch, hate to disagree, but only Shakespeare might speak of a "whoreson"
395 days
  -> Not only the Bard. Also naval personnel and automotive types (personal 20th/21st-century experience)!
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11 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
Son of a bitch, you know that you're a piece of shit


Explanation:
puttana=whore, but this is the expression most commonly used in English

Lucia Morassutti
Italy
Local time: 21:23

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agree  DR. RICHARD BAVRY: yep, and Latin scholars might reply, "tu quoque"!
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