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Scicchegnacco int' 'a butteglia

When we talk about someone who is not tall, thin, dancing, funny: "He looks like'Scicchegnacco int' 'a butteglia". You may think about the liqueur bottles and the stuff that float inside of them. It is not right. This expression makes reference to the so called 'Cartesio devil'. The important French philosopher and mathematician invented a device capable to fix the different conditions of an object dip in a fluid. It was usually a glass vessel almost full of water and closed in a membrane. In the water a glass object - hollow with a hole outside -was put. When somebody pushed the membrane, water penetrated in the small devil and therefore it comprimeva the water it contained. The weight of the tiny devil growed and it went down on the bottom, then it climbed up and so it could dance. This is the 'scicchegnacco'. Why has it this name? This word is referred to expressions as 'nicchinocco=little milord', 'niccinonno' (it is the same), and above all to the Spanish 'niquenaque'; this words have got a strong disappreciating meaning . The word 'naque' does indeed mean 'a lot of unnecessary and ridiculous things'.

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