How can one make some humour by the following Q/A pair,

Q: Cosa fai nella vita? ===> what do you do ?

A: Me la complico ===> ? (I enjoy making my life harder)

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    Is your question about a general term for such an ironic, self-deprecating sentence, or about a suitable equivalent of the Italian example?
    – Alicja Z
    Apr 1, 2014 at 8:09
  • @Mari-Lou A - surely this is one for you? Apr 1, 2014 at 8:19
  • Remember if you're asking how to translate the Italian that's off-topic for this site. Apr 1, 2014 at 8:20
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    I didn't see this question nor medica's comment. For "Q" I'd say: What do you do for a living?/ (literally) What do you do in life? For "A" I'd say: Just making it more difficult for myself OR Making my life more complicated/tougher than what it already is. In Italian it sounds better:)
    – Mari-Lou A
    Apr 2, 2014 at 6:41
  • thanks for your replies. Every little contribute makes life more pleasant ^^. I didnt know how to make the best translation for the quoted phrase Apr 24, 2014 at 11:29

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Part of the wit comes with adding in life to the first line:

Cosa fai nella vita? What do you do in life?

A: Me la complico. I complicate it. (if my translation is correct)


I'm not sure what you mean by irony, but someone who likes making their life harder would be called a masochist.

  • Often italian and english humour don't match, so my intention has been the one to make translation as good as possible. I cannot make out how come I ve got a negative score. There are noinsultes. Thanks anyway =) Jul 20, 2014 at 9:40

An English idiom that you could use is:

"be a glutton for punishment"

to be someone who seems to enjoy doing something that you consider unpleasant: He's a real glutton for punishment, taking on all that extra work without getting paid for it.

Source: Cambridge Dictionary

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