Published: 18/02/2021 By The Abode Team
La classe non è acqua
English translation: Class isn't water
I have lived in Italy for over 30 years and, until yesterday I had never heard this saying before. I had a doctor's appointment and complimented my GP on her stylish, soft pink trilby and matching leather bag. Her clothes were covered by a disposable cover all, but her hat, bag and fur-tipped burgundy cape were in clear view. I have known Dott.essa Leila for many years and she has a flamboyant Italian style that she carries off like no one else I know. I cannot even begin to imagine her in trainers and a pair of joggers or jeans. Anyway, in response to my comment she smiled at me and said 'La classe non è acqua'. Presumably meaning that class is not commonly found like water. I am wracking my brains to find a satisfying English version of this never before heard saying, you can't buy class perhaps? Answers on a postcard please!
The chances are that now I have heard it once, I will hear this saying everywhere. Not that I am going far given the circs!