typical of southern Italy is used as an insult to refer to homosexuals. The origin is not known with certainty, although it seems related to the ear. The fact of touching the ear to tell someone you are homosexual, it is a sign that is repeated in many other countries since ancient times. Others relate to the hare, animal with big ears, for his lust and bisexual behavior. Most likely that the origin of this expression can not be explained by etymology, but through anthropological issues.
Variations: Recchione, Recchia, Recchionazzo, Reciòn (Venice), Oreggia and Oreggiat (Lombardy).