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The boy is frisky, curly, in love

Lorenzo Da Ponte
Lorenzo Da Ponte

Phraseologism: The boy is frisky, curly, in love.

Meaning: About someone who is too emotional, enthusiastically experiencing his passion.

Origin: From the aria of Figaro in the opera The Marriage of Figaro (1786) by the Austrian composer W. A. ​​Mozart, written after a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte (premiered May 1, 1786). The opera was translated into Russian by the composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (premiered May 5, 1875). In his aria, Figaro addresses Cherubino, the page of Countess Almaviva: "A frisky boy, curly-haired, in love, // Adonis, seduced by a woman's caress. // Isn't it enough to spin, whirl? // Isn't it time to be a man!" Adonis, according to ancient Greek mythology, is a beautiful young man, beloved of the goddess of love Aphrodite herself - a common noun for a handsome young man who is successful with women.

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Very far, somewhere in the wilderness.


Kulichiki is a distorted Finnish word "kuligi", "kulizhki", which has long been included in Russian speech. So in the north were called forest clearings, meadows, swamps. Here, in the wooded part of the country, the settlers of the distant past were constantly cutting down "kulizhki" in the forest - areas for plowing and mowing. In old letters, the following formula is constantly found: "And all that land, as long as the ax walked and the scythe walked." The farmer often had to go to his field into the wilderness, to the farthest "landscapes", developed worse than the neighbors, where, according to the then ideas, goblin, and devils, and all kinds of forest evil spirits were found in swamps and windbreaks. So ordinary words got their second, figurative meaning: very far, at the end of the world.

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