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| Everyone knows the meaning of "Sapper". It came to us from the French language and has the meaning "one who is engaged in the sly." However, where does it come from the word "sapa" and what does it mean? |
To understand this, you need to "go" in Italy. There is a similar-sounding word "Zappa" call a spade a spade for excavation. Borrowed from the Italians, the French language is transformed into the word "the sape" ( "EPS"), and the value has become "trench, ground and subversive work." Later it turned out the word "sapper" denotes the profession.
Soon it got in our language, and rooted in the military dictionary, where there was also a similar expression "on the sly" means the work to be carried out without noise, quietly and carefully, in complete secrecy, to sneak up on the enemy.
Now, this expression is widely used in the general spoken language, where it matters: softly, gently, in complete secrecy. However, it is used where it is necessary to emphasize the intrigue, machinations, any reprehensible activity.