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"Prendere o dare il maiale". Un modo di dire alla luce di tradizioni antiche

Author(s): Alberto Borghini

Journal: Studi Linguistici e Filologici Online
ISSN 1724-5230

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 23;
Date: 2006;
Original page

The expressions "to give the pig" or "to take the pig" (Piedmont) mean respectively "to inflict or to meat with a amatory refusal/interruption”. The author interprets the above-said expressions according to the values of meaning of Lat. porcus and Greek khoiros: the sexual organs in a virgin (Varro); "head of pig" as anaphroditos (ancient oneiric symbology) and so on. The ideas of 'substratum of invariance' (as 'capacity/efficacy of variation') and of 'paradigmatic stability' (also in diachronic perspective) are utilized.
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