The Italian language sometimes assumes different word orders than English. For example, the name Strega Nona becomes Grandma Witch in English. The word for the mother of a child’s mother generally articulates two main spellings:
• Nona emerges as the informal endearment “Grandma”;
• Nonna exists as the formal designation “Grandmother.”
The regional variant definitely communicates the appreciation of southern Italian townspeople for Calabria’s accomplished, cooperative Strega Nona.
That affection inspires the overworked Grandma Witch to hire instead of retire. It is not a guarantee that she will get the most qualified candidate for the job. It instead means that the townspeople will defer to her disciplinary actions when the least qualified applicant expectedly becomes problematic for “Strega Nona.”