Mimmo Mòllica’s “Filastrocca delle parole per ferire” concerns those words that the famous linguist Tullio De Mauro indicates as “the words of hatred” circulating in Italy. These are words of intolerance, whose catalog “may perhaps be instructive, but at times it is repugnant”. But you have to put your feet in the mud sometimes to help others get out of it.
In “Words to wound” the linguist Tullio De Mauro describes the initiatives to systematically contrast “manifestations of intolerance, xenophobia, racism and incitement to hatred, which the network allows to have a wide resonance”. De Mauro cites, in particular the
Council of Europe for having “focused its attention on hate speech and hate words. De Mauro censors” the words of hate circulating in Italy: even in hatred, words are not everything, but even hatred cannot do without words “.
“Of these words of hatred and intolerance – says Prof. De Mauro – the catalog may perhaps be instructive but at times it is repugnant”. That’s right, “repulsive”.
But “you have to go into the mud, at times, to help others get out of it”, writes Gianrico Carofiglio.
A “zulo” or a “zulu”
is a man and nothing more,
and its name means precise
“People of heaven”, that is, of heaven.
For some, saying “Zulu” is an offense,
how to say befana to the marquise,
there are words spoken to hurt
words they should abolish.
So baluba to say uncivilized
or I serve to say servile,
barbarian who is not very kind,
Jew, Gascon or Kraut.
Mongolian, Negro, Bedouin, polentone
maumau, southern or even southerner,
burino, tooth picker, you’re a porter,
brain-damaged, lame, you’re an idiot.
Beccamorto, peasant, shopkeeper,
cecato, dwarf, cripple, shepherd,
homunculus, jackal or even discard,
mussel, idiot, dumb, and then idiot.
And again, moron, retarded,
fool, babbaleo, handicapped,
propertyless, stupid, childish,
worm, lousy, pig and uncivilized.
Fool, head, stupid, you’re a fool,
hunchback, imbecile, redfish, you’re a toilet,
moron, humanoid, fennel,
donkey, donkey, racchia or even louse.
They are only “words to hurt”,
words that should end,
words you can do without,
“Words of hate” to be kept in check,
but it is hatred that cannot do without it.
Mimmo Mòllica ©