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Apr 20, 2014 02:27 PM

Angry meatball in the Tums commercial: what's he saying?!

At the beginning of the commercial, as he's about to land on the table, he says something like "Baci fanduzzos!" (?)

Kisses WHAT? "Kisses for everyone" would be "baci per tutti," so seems like maybe just nonsense that's supposed to sound like Italian! What do you think?

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  1. *L* trying to convince people to go back to using alka-seltzer is how i interpret that (decidedly stupid) commercial. Mama Mia thats'a some spicy meatball. Couldn't make any sense of the words either (sorry)

      1. re: rockycat

        HA! That makes total sense in context--and I LOVE Louis Prima--but I don't hear it. It was worth asking just to hear the song and read the explanation you posted. GRAZIE! :D

        ETA: Maybe the meatball didn't know how to pronounce "bacigalupo!" ;)

      2. I'm more confused by why the meatball's sitting in a toddler's highchair at the end ...

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        1. re: lsmutko

          HA HA HA! You made me look. I hadn't noticed before! He looks rather, shall we say NAKED on the way down to the table, too...

          1. re: kattyeyes

            I'd like to add "disturbed" along with confused.

        2. It is "baci fanduzzos" and yes, "baci" means kisses, but the rest is authentic Italianish gibberish.

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          1. re: bob96

            Reminds me of Peter "speaking Italian" on Family Guy:

            I guess the ad team for Alka Seltzer didn't think anyone would actually listen to a meatball. ;)

            1. re: bob96

              I was hoping it was "bocce" for ball (since he is one) but couldn't make anything more of it.

            2. I'm pretty sure there is an ad executive somewhere who might take a copy of this thread into his bosses office and demand a raise.

              For all we know that could be an Italian slang phrase for "The ignorant American's watching this will never know what I'm saying"..................but we are all talking about it, aren't we!

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