The etymology of the Venetian word bàcaro ‛wine bar, typical of the city centre of Venice’ and, originally, ‛strong wine from Southern Italy’ is debated. The reconstructions proposed until now by scholars have shed light on the most recent history of the word, but failed to identify a convincing etymon. In this article, an original adjectival function of bàcaro, derived through conversion from the noun bàcara ‛cackling, carousing’, is hypothesized. The adjective would have been referred synaesthetically to the strong wine because it ‛makes noise’ in the head, ie. it causes immediate hangover.

Ancora sull'etimologia di "bàcaro"

Daniele Baglioni
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Abstract

The etymology of the Venetian word bàcaro ‛wine bar, typical of the city centre of Venice’ and, originally, ‛strong wine from Southern Italy’ is debated. The reconstructions proposed until now by scholars have shed light on the most recent history of the word, but failed to identify a convincing etymon. In this article, an original adjectival function of bàcaro, derived through conversion from the noun bàcara ‛cackling, carousing’, is hypothesized. The adjective would have been referred synaesthetically to the strong wine because it ‛makes noise’ in the head, ie. it causes immediate hangover.
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