Friday, August 18, 2017

Bruno Munari | Supplemento al dizionario italiano

Bruno Munari
Supplemento al dizionario italiano
Milan, Italy: Muggiani Editore, Milano, 1963
112 pp., 17 x 12.5 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown

The second edition of Supplement to the italian dictionary, following the self-published volume from 1958, of Munari’s book about expressing oneself without words. A series of hand gestures and facial expressions are photographed and explained, allowing the reader to engage in conversation without opening his mouth: “Excuse me, have you got a fag?” “Sorry, I haven’t.” “Thanks all the same”.

"With the passage of time, many of these Neapolitan expressions have spread to the rest of Italy and even the rest of the world. Some expressions have become a part of our everyday language, like the American ‘OK.’ This is why we have decided to collect as many of them as possible into one book, although we have not considered obscene and vulgar gestures, so the documentation is as precise as possible. It is an ideal supplement to the Italian dictionary for use by foreign visitors.”
- introduction

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