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Definition: An extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation

Pronunciation: im-bro-lyo


The Italian imbogliar is a verb meaning to confuse or to tangle and in itself a compound of in the prefix (surprisingly) meaning into or in, and the Middle French brouiller meaning to confuse. When the word penetrated the English language, in the 1750’s, it kept the Italian smell and feel it has till this very day.

Why this word?

Corey is back suggesting words!

When Italians do something, they really do it- to the fullest and utmost meaning of whatever that is. When Italians love- they love to death, when Italians hate- they hate to death and when Italians fight- they- well, you got it, they fight to death.

It may sound as if I said all the above based on Romeo and Juliet, and that might be true, but I’ve also watched a few other movies that led me to this conclusion.

There are two ways of pronouncing the word imbroglio, the difference can’t be shown using IPA, but can definitely be felt- one is the American/English pronunciation and the other is the Italian pronunciation. Make sure to use the latter for the complete imbroglio experience!

How to use the word imbroglio in a sentence?

There is that one important reference: “The Watergate Imbroglio”, that says it all.


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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