La Cosa Nostra Meaning and Translation?

A gigantic dragnet of 800 police or FBI officials arrested 127 individuals who were either made members of La Cosa Nostra or associated with it.

The men allegedly from New York's five mafia crime families were arrested in New York City, New Jersey and New England during raids in the early hours of the morning.

It has been called one of the largest single-day operations against the Mafia in the history of the U.S.

What is the meaning and translation of the words "La Cosa Nostra?"

Why did the mafia named their group like that?

asked by Aubrie in Languages | 6721 views | 01-21-2011 at 01:41 AM

"La cosa nostra" is an Italian phrase which translation is "Our thing" in English.
The meaning is related to the idea of something secret they all share.

The busts were an important and encouraging step forward in disrupting La Cosa Nosta operations.

Among the member of La Cosa Nostra: "Jello," "Meatball," "Mush," "Johnny Pizza" and "Vinny Carwash." There also was Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio.

Cosa Nostra has never been the only face of organized crime in and around New York City, and today crime cartels of Asian and Eastern European origin have been active in human trafficking, the drug trade, fraud and extortion.

answered by Faith | 01-21-2011 at 01:42 AM

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