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Why Italians Use Dozens of Words for Simple Instructions

And other examples of why more is more in Italy

The Statue of David in Florence. Photo: iStock

In Italy, you’ll find signs about face masks with 40 words in bureaucratic language. No smoking signs consist of 109 words of legal text, and simple toilet signs can be made up of 122 words. What reasons can we find for this in Italian…