We know it’s not Valentine’s Day…but we wanted to talk a quick minute about this fun Italian phrase:
Colpo di Fulmine
Colpo di fulmine means love at first sight! But it literally means a lightning strike. So it’s like you were struck by love! It’s as if love struck you unexpectedly and even as powerfully as a lightning bolt would.
I think this quote explains it perfectly:
“Colpo di fulmine. The thunderbolt, as Italians call it. When love strikes someone like lightning, so powerful and intense it can’t be denied. It’s beautiful and messy, cracking a chest open and spilling their soul out for the world to see. It turns a person inside out, and there’s no going back from it. Once the thunderbolt hits, your life is irrevocably changed.”
― J.M. Darhower, Sempre
Is there such a thing as the Sicilian thunderbolt?
No, the Sicilian thunderbolt is not a real phenomenon. It is an expression used to describe being struck by love at first sight It is meant to invoke the feeling of being so taken by someone that your world is turned upside down and you feel an instantaneous connection. While there won’t be a literal bolt of lightning coming out of the sky to signify this moment, the concept behind it can still be felt.
What is a Sicilian Thunderbolt?
It’s a powerful, instantaneous connection between two people that can feel like being knocked off your feet with lightning.
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Now you have a new Italian term to add to your repertoire: colpo di fulmine!
Have you every experienced a “colpo di fulmine”? Tell us about it in a comment!