How to Say ‘I don’t give a damn’ in Italian

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 06:00
If something is stressing you out in Italy, you could say you don’t care or, more colloquially, you don’t give a damn. In Italian this would be: Non mi importa, Non mi interessa or Non me ne importa niente/nulla. In a more colloquial form you could either say Non mi importa un fico secco or Non me ne importa un cavolo. The following expression is yet more informal: Non me ne frega niente/nulla, or similarly Che me ne frega!(what do I care about it!), or Chi se ne frega! (who gives a damn!). For emphasis, this expression could be accompanied by a popular Italian gesture: lift your chin and slide the backs of your fingers from your neck to your chin in an outward sweeping motion. There are many expressions that involve some degree of swearing! We let you discover those on your own in your next trip to Italy. Enjoy this Sorelle Marinetti's song entitled "Non me ne importa niente

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