During the Fascist period, the word "gufino" indicated a member of the GUF (“Gruppi Universitari Fascisti”, Fascist University Groups): it therefore derived from the acronym of the fascist university organization, according to a word-formation process increasingly common in modern Italian language. The aim of this article is to clarify the first attestations of the word, the circumstances in which it was born, and also the reasons that led to the censure of its use, officially issued by Achile Starace, the National Fascist Party secretary. Lastly, the paper examines what remains of the word gufino nowadays, both in lexicography and in the common consciousness.
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