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The origin of the Russian phraseologism «siskin ate» is about

who has made minimal, negligible results, initially relying on a

much larger, is considered in the article as a result of semantic

and verbal “condensation” of the author’s text, containing a real

linguistic and ethno-cultural prerequisites for the formation and

further functioning of sustainable phrases. The simulated character

of the considered phraseologism, its compliance with one of the

productive diversion laws specific to a live conversation is noted.

Peculiarities of the use of a phraseologism siskin ate in a variety of

journalistic texts, its considerable expressive potential, contributing

to the portrayal of negatively comprehending situations are revealed.


About the authors

V. I. Koval

Francisk Skorina Gomel State University

Author for correspondence.
Email: morenovsv@ssau.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1825-0097


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