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January 22nd, 2013

A vigorous question in Italian

An issue has come up here in our multilingual community and I am curious as to what the various Italian speakers among my friends have to say about it.

Every day before pranzo (the midday meal) our community meets for a reading of the prayer of the hours. (Jesuits are not *required* to do these prayers in community but it is encouraged where possible.) And one of the prayers at the beginning, recited every day, contains the word "vigore" which, as you can guess, means "vigor" or "vigour" (depending on your time zone).

The dictionaries all say that the accent is on the first syllable, VI-go-re, but our local native speaker puts the accent on the second syllable, vi-GO-re. 

Is this something that varies from place to place in Italy? (Our local speaker is from outside Naples, which is noted for its odd twists of the language.)

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