Il mat ovvero il turpiloquio russo tra cultura e censura

My purpose in this article is to frame the mat, the Russian foul language, within a more general linguistic background, and discard those beliefs that describe it as a linguistic system far from the standard Russian language. I make some observations on the foul language in general, on its definitions from an anthropological, sociological, linguistic point of view, then I briefly deal with some cases concerning classical antiquity and modern use. Finally, I focus on the Russian mat, its popular use and cultured one, its political history, from the Tsar to contemporary Russia, and briefly mention the problems we can find when we translate it into another language, taking into account the substantial differences with which the two languages work as to the foul language.