“In current common Italian it is possible to address to one’s father using one of two affective family forms: papà or babbo…
For Tuscans like us, it’s la festa del mi’ babbo-father’s day
Let us help from those who are really keen on Italian language. Accademia della Crusca has extensively dealt with the two forms that entered the Italian language in order to name the ancient patrem which nowadays has become padre.
Both papà and babbo can easily be traced back to the repetition of a syllable typical of children’s speech, as the easiest sounds for children to be produced.
So if babbo can be considered a more “local” form, the term papà is nothing more than an “old” Gallicism.
The two allocutive forms have different epochs and genesis, establishing themselves within the national panorama since the first half of the last century, one (papà) as a derivation of the Latin patrem and the other (babbo) as the most widespread form in Sardinia, Tuscany, Romagna region, Umbria, Marche and Northern Lazio.
Thanks to the various lexicographic evidence, it is possible to identify the history of the progressive affirmation of the two forms within the national panorama.
The term babbo appears almost unchanged from the first to the fourth edition of the Vocabulary of Accademia della Crusca where it is stated that “it is said only by ‘little children, and still stutterers” thus mentioning examples that refer to children’s language.
In the subsequent edition of La Crusca’s Vocabulary it is explained that: “it is mostly the voice of children and a familiar and playful style. Doubling the syllable ba which is one of the first sounds children can easily articulate, having an analogy in almost all languages ”.
Babbo is nothing more than a sound pronounced by children and used by adults as a sign of affection when talking about their father or the father of the one to whom we speak.
With regard to the term papà, on the other hand, we read that it is the true and noblest voice we tend to refer to all fathers in a more general way, whose appellation means spiritual paternity and parent, in a more literally sense, of something or someone.
The term papà is more commonly considered a Gallicism, deriving from the French papa (which can be read as “papà”); but it is also considered a pure onomatopoeic voice of childish language, which recalls the simple babble of children all over the world.
What’s your father like?
Apart from Tuscany, in the Italian language papà is certainly the most used family form for father: some expressions now very widespread as figlio di papa-a very rich guy, aspirante papa-aspiring dad, neopapà-daddy to be, festa del papa-father’s day, seguire le orme di papa- in father’s footsteps, whose alternatives have a much lower diffusion. On the other hand, the relationship between Babbo Natale and Papà Natale (Santa Claus) goes against the trend; indeed in some cases, Babbo Natale is The Santa par excellence.
Of course, here at La Sporta it’s Team #Babbo
In order to celebrate our babbo, we have prepared some special boxes containing a pocket where you can insert a letter addressed to your father.
We paid lot of attention to Father’s Day. In the countryside, men were the workforce, the ones who brought food home and real hard workers. I wanted to dedicate 3 burgers to the three men I grew up with and worked with in the countryside and who helped shape my character. Many are the things they taught me, the anecdotes, the memories …
These are the words of Vittorio Camorri, creator of the new Menu entirely dedicated to the weekend of March 19th.
Three gourmet hamburgers enter La Sporta menu: Angelo, Berto, Menco
Here our proposals for Father’s day
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