Maltese nanniet are a wonderful source of consistently top-notch food… and content. We all love them to bits, not least because of their tendency to have zero filters when it comes to talking about others.
Here are some of the phrases they go through when trying to explain who they’re talking to you about.
1. “Dak li miet bil-…”
From cancer to dementia, nanniet will automatically go to a medical trauma to explain who they’re talking about (with the necessary pause for an ‘Alla jaħfirlu’.
2. “Dik li kienet poġġuta ma…”
If death hasn’t yet claimed them, the next logical step to describe a person is to focus on their sins. Everyone has heard of the unmarried couple living together, so it makes life easier.
3. “Dawk li kienu joqodu kantuniera l-bogħod minn…”
“Fejn kienet toqod iz-zija Rita… mbad iddur il-kantuniera, titla t-telgħa, timxi fuq il-lemin u tiġi bieb ma bieb ma fejn kienu joqodu… tiftakar issa?”
4. “Dak li ssepara minn…”
Not a direct sin, but still good enough gossip to be a character marker worth noting.
5. “Dak daqxejn…”
*Cue camp hand gestures* – anything to not say ‘gay’ right?
6. The savage descriptors
When tact doesn’t work, they go full nanna:
“Uwijja, dik il-ħoxna”
“U le tafu, dak l-ikrah”
“Dik li tinten”
“Uwiva tafhom – dawk ta mnieħerhom daqsiex”