L’évolution des termes et expressions désignant les testicules, des Valseuses de Bertrand Blier (1972-74) à nos jours


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Title in English The evolution of terms and expressions designating the testicles, from Bertrand Blier’s Valseuses (1972-74) to the present day

CANAL Laurent Georges

Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Echo des études romanes
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Web https://www.eer.cz/pdfs/eer/2021/01/12.pdf
Keywords Les Valseuses; argot; testicles; synonyms; variations; functions
Description This article offers a comparison between the terms designating the testicles in Bertrand Blier's work Les Valseuses (the novel, the film and the film trailer) from the early 1970s, and the last ones listed in various recent dictionaries, paper and online. These synonyms, attested in writing (for an approximate dating of their use), follow variations: diaphasic, diatopic and diachronic; have functions: playful and bypassing taboo; and one, or even several common semantic matrices. Their frequency in writing in a contemporary web corpus, can allow us to distinguish the terms “aged” (or obsolete) from those which are “classic” (common and transgenerational) before comparing them to “contemporaries”, especially associated with young people from the cities.

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