Stet by Ria Bacon

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Playing with sweetness

Interview With Franco Di Mare of RAI Channel One TV of Italy
Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Rome, Italy
February 8, 2005

QUESTION: [beginning of live interview, speaking in Italian]

QUESTION: [in English] Welcome to Italy, Madam Secretary. I wonder if your enemies know about the meaning of your name?

SECRETARY RICE: Oh no, they certainly don't and you won't tell them, will you? [Laughter]

QUESTION: No, no, I won't tell them [laughter].

Then I will. Her music teacher mother invented the name from the Italian con dolcezza, meaning to play with sweetness. How ... ironic. Con bocca chiusa (with closed mouth) would be more appropriate, given the ever-widening gulf between her puff and reality.