I am reading "A Thousand Days in Venice," by Marlena de Blasi. It is an auto-biographical story about a mature woman who falls in love at (almost) first sight and leaves behind everything in America to move to Venice and marry a relative stranger!
The text contains some Italian here and there, which is mostly all translated. But, I came across this on page 2, "...and embark on a boat that moves pian, piano up the canal...."
What are pian and piano? I remember when I played piano a loooong time ago that the term "piano" meant something besides the instrument. But, I do not remember what, or if it has anything to do with this. So, hang on a sec while I look it up...brb...
Hmm...Wiktionary says this:
little by little, slowly
They make it look like a phrase with no comma in the middle... So, I kept look and found this:
What does this phrase mean:
Mentre il mondo pian piano spariva lontano laggiu
The part I am having trouble with is "pian piano"?
Welcome to the forum.
It means "little by little" , "slowly" , "gradually"
So, again, it is a phrase, not two separate words with a comma in the middle. Could this be a typo? Not saying that it is, but now I am wondering.
Also, I checked to see what the term piano means in music, and it means to play softly. That would seem consistent with the above definition for pian piano, because both are the opposite of boisterous barging around!
I have prepared this post for Wondrous Words Wednesday at bermudaonion.net.