a mo' di

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Contraction of a modo di.

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a mo' di

  1. like, as, by way of
    • 2007, David Foster Wallace, “La persona depressa [The Depressed Person]”, in Ottavio Fatica; Giovanna Granato, transl., Brevi interviste con uomini schifosi [Brief Interviews with Hideous Men], Einaudi:
      I genitori della persona depressa, ad esempio, che avevano divorziato quando lei era bambina, l'avevano usata a mo' di pedina nei loro giochi perversi, come quando la persona depressa aveva avuto bisogno di ortodonzia e ciascun genitore aveva dichiarato - non senza ragione, aggiungeva sempre la persona depressa, viste le ambiguità medico-legali degli accordi di divorzio - che doveva essere l'altro a pagarne le spese.
      The depressed person's parents, for example, who had divorced when she was a child, had used her as a pawn in the sick games they played, as in when the depressed person had required orthodonture and each parent had claimed - not without some cause, the depressed person always inserted, given the Medicean legal ambiguities of the divorce settlement - that the other should pay for it.
      (literally, “The depressed person's parents, for example, who had divorced when she was a child, had used her as a pawn in their perverse games, like when the depressed person had needed orthodontics and each parent had declared - not without reason, the depressed person always added, seeing the medical-legal ambiguities of the divorce accords - that it had to be the other to pay for its expenses.”)

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