More media-savvy than many artists, Madonna dropped her surname (Ciccone) at an early stage in her stellar career. The decision was seen as particularly wise by many of her Italian-American fans. Loosely translated, the name means... "fat man."
["Madonna is so hairy," Joan Rivers once cracked, "when she lifted her arm I thought I saw Tina Turner in her armpit."]
[The Italian language has no words to express such concepts as "hangover," "condescension" or "self-control".]