So where did the Russian Dirty Language (Mat) come from? Cover Image

Откуда же появился русский мат?
So where did the Russian Dirty Language (Mat) come from?

Author(s): Gennadi F. Kovalev
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Historical Linguistics, Western Slavic Languages, Eastern Slavic Languages
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego w Krakowie
Keywords: dirty Russian; obscene lexis; descriptions of genitals; tabooing; etymology

Summary/Abstract: Most people usually believe that all abusive vocabulary is a filthy, gross component of any national language, especially in Russian. A widely shared opinion is that the Russian dirty vocabulary (mat) is an external borrowing. Studies in Slavic languages show however that their obscene vocabulary is a product of their own. Moreover, in ancient times this vocabulary, including descriptions of genitals and the childbearing process, belonged to the sacred lexis tabooed for anyone except adult men. The article provides a detailed description of the etymology of the most common Russian dirty words and expressions.

  • Issue Year: 13/2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 119-129
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Russian