Оn incantation “Salt-water!” in children’s speech

Doklady Bashkirskogo Universiteta. 2018. Volume 3. No. 5. pp. 556-560.


Sidorenko A. V.*
Bashkir State University, Sterlitamak Branch
49 Lenin Street, 453103 Sterlitamak, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia


The author examines well-known incantation "Salt-water!". It is used in children’s speech as a protection against wasps, bees, hornets and bumblebees. The article examines the connections of this stable formula with traditional Slavic incantations, the variants and the features of its use, comprehension in modern genres of the internet-folklore, as a precedent text.


  • incantation
  • children’s speech
  • children’s folklore
  • network folklore