The word "parrot": meaning, origin
The word "parrot" is used as an insultmost often against Jews. But it is also used as a curse against any person. Why and how did this happen? The meaning of the word "parrot" we will try to find out in this article. So, more in detail.
What does the word mean?
First of all, let us turn to the dictionary of D.N. Ushakov to find out the meaning of the word "parrot".
This is an abusive expression or meaning "sick scab". Parsh - a disease of the skin, hair and nails type fungus (mycosis). They also interpret the word and other dictionaries.
In the dictionary of Dal there are such synonyms for the word "scab": "parch", "scaly". The word "scabby" also often occurs and means roughly the same. For example, "the dog is scabby."
Sometimes "scab" was called dandruff ("parch"), andThen the meaning of the word "parrot" was somewhat changed - "fool smelt". Added a hint of untidiness, lack of care, a neglected kind of person. This could be attributed to vagabonds, drunkards and other sloppy personalities.
Word version of origin
There are several versions of the origin of the word"parrot". The first - the so-called all sick scabs. The second is the Jews. It so happened that all the people of Jewish origin began to be called "parchment". Let us consider these assumptions in more detail.
Scab is a disease of the skin, hair or nails. It refers to mycosis, fungal diseases.
It is known that the Jews, when they served in the royaltroops, often had fungal diseases (scab). The skin problems of such a plan are characteristic of this people. The Slavs always had a bath in honor. Steam bath was an excellent tool for cleansing the skin and fighting fungi.
And the Jews, however, like many Europeanpeoples, steam rooms avoided. They considered it unnatural and, therefore, more often than others, suffered from mycosis. Zagelman's notes (1898-1903), which investigated physical health, speak of a large percentage of scab (74.2%) diseases among Jewish soldiers. They were treated and examined in military St. Petersburg hospitals.
Since in the people they were dubbed "Jews", thena single expletive expression has emerged - "the liquid parrot". This nickname sounds insulting, but it has become a steady turnover of the Russian language. And where did the word "Jew" come from? It turns out from the Czech Republic.
Similarity with the Czech language
The third version of the origin of the words "parrot" and "liqd" connects them with linguistic similarity with words in the Czech language.
The offensive phrase has another versionorigin. It originates from the Czech language, in which the "Jew" has a direct meaning - "Jew", and "ashes" mean "money." The second word has somewhat changed over time.
Proceeding from this version, the phraseology ceases to be offensive. It directly means a Jew who has money. And the meaning of the word "parrot" changes to "money".