Buon anno a tutti! Happy New Year!
Thanks to one of my favorite British expats in Rome, I have a new way of remembering how to say ‘Happy New Year’ in Italian. After wishing him many happy returns he said:
“Eh, yah, roight! A buon anno tah yah tew! I can remember tat one. Sounds like ‘banahnah’.” (Ah, yeah, right! A buon anno to you too! I can remember that one! Sounds like ‘banana’.)
So yes, now I will always think of bananas when I think of new years. Buon Anno does sound like ba-nana. A little bit.
Just make sure you say BOTH n’s.
Anno means year.
Ano means anus.
And as happy as you are about the new year, I doubt you want to wish everyone a happy anus.