The best, the first, the biggest...the significance of a word can take on a new meaning by adding a superlative or diminutive to the end. There is nothing theatrical or affected by the use of superlatives, they are just a way of making language more colorful and a truly colorful language is Italian. The Italian word for house is casa, the same word in many languages. As small house is a casina, casita in Spanish. A simple little cottage is a casupola while a farmhouse is a casale, the shed and the little shed are the casotto and casottino appropriately. If you live in a casetta, you live in an insignificant house. A casino is a bordello, hmmmm, wonder if Vegas knows that term; a casino there might prove lucky for you and you could end up in a castello or castle. Hopefully your castello is bello and not a casona, which is a big and slightly ugly house as opposed to a casaccia, big and really ugly. Whatever type house you have, the Italians probably have a word for that house and that word would make it more interesting. In real estate the marketing words used to describe houses are also colorful. For instance, in describing a small bungalow in Wash Park you might see the word "cream puff" or "dollhouse"; a new home on an old lot in the Highlands might receive words such as "urban mod" or "contemporary chic". The more exclusive suburbs have homes that are "estate like" or "old world" with a touch of "Euro". The descriptive word for a home can be the defining selling point. Give me a call to stop by and see your house, let's brainstorm words and perhaps take a look at some other marketing strategies for you or your neighbors. There is a considerable drop in inventory in homes for sale in the Denver area, might be a "primo" time to sell! Email me at The Italian terms for houses was researched in the book "Italianissimo" by Louise Fili and Lise Apatoff posted: December 4, 2011 - Judy's Denver - Blog
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