The credit for this week’s self-nurturing topic goes to Elizabeth Gilbert. In her bestselling book Eat, Pray, Love, there is a scene in which she describes going to a soccer match in Italy and taking notes on a spectator’s colorful cursing because she loves the sound of the Italian language so much. She mentions that there is no good English translation for “che casino,” which literally translates as “what a casino,” but has a meaning closer to “what a mess.”

Bright neon casino sign at night.

(Creative Commons image via flickr)

After reading that book, sometimes when I realize that I’ve let myself get into a “what a mess” mood, I say out loud “Che casino!” in my best fake Italian accent, dripping with exaggerated pity. That’s almost sure to leave me giggling and take the seriousness out of the situation! Although we all get into bad moods on occasion, humor can be a very effective way of dealing with them.

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.


  1. Love this, Meg! A great way to avoid the more earthy expletives…
    And humour certainly dispels tension 😀 x

  2. Love this, Meg! I may have to steal your curse! : )

  3. Thank you so much for all your lovely, lovely comments, Meg, they mean so much! I’ve left replies xx

  4. Oh, I so agree! Humor is very good for us. I will try “che casino”…see if it works 🙂 I love Italian but have forgotten the little I used to know in my 20s…

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