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An invented Italian word

Postby flabbergasted » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:31 am

There is a strange word that can be encountered only in Antonio Moresco's novel Gli Esordi -piumanti. This is how the police are called. Do you have any idea about the origins of this word and why it is used with this meaning?

Example from the book:

Si indovinava già il luccicare dei piumanti ammassati nei crocicchi. «Vado a inserirmi negli scontri!» sentii il cieco gridare, un istante prima di venire sospinto lontano dalla folla. Le luci dei negozi si stavano spegnendo di colpo, calavano con fragore le saracinesche. Le strade si svuotarono in un istante, era già notte.
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Re: An invented Italian word

Postby Cainntear » Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:17 am

It might be related to the setting. Where/when does the story take place?
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Postby tarvos » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:27 am

I suspect a relationship to the word plume (i is often l in other Romance languages) . Feathered caps, perhaps?
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Re: An invented Italian word

Postby aledda » Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:33 pm

tarvos wrote:I suspect a relationship to the word plume (i is often l in other Romance languages) . Feathered caps, perhaps?

That's what I first thought.

piumati = plural of piumato (=feathered)

But I don't know what to do with the N in piumanti :lol:
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Re: An invented Italian word

Postby reineke » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:11 pm

http://www.treccani.it/vocabolario/ante/

Il piumante = noun. A member of an invented armed faction or something like that. The Italian Bersaglieri have feathers on their hats/helmets.
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Re: An invented Italian word

Postby Tristano » Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:14 pm

aledda wrote:
tarvos wrote:I suspect a relationship to the word plume (i is often l in other Romance languages) . Feathered caps, perhaps?

That's what I first thought.

piumati = plural of piumato (=feathered)

But I don't know what to do with the N in piumanti :lol:


Piumante: feathering
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Re: An invented Italian word

Postby flabbergasted » Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:13 pm

reineke wrote:http://www.treccani.it/vocabolario/ante/

Il piumante = noun. A member of an invented armed faction or something like that. The Italian Bersaglieri have feathers on their hats/helmets.


This makes sense to me. Thanks!
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Re: An invented Italian word

Postby flabbergasted » Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:15 pm

Cainntear wrote:It might be related to the setting. Where/when does the story take place?


Unfortunately the author doesn't specify the region where the story is set.
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