What does "roerso" mean in an expression such as "mondo "roerso""?

[The whole sentence is: i paradossi della realtà e del linguaggio vengono scoperti dallo sguardo di Alice in chiave di folle infanzia e di insinuante immaginazione, in una serie di quadri che del resto riportano al tema antico del "mondo rovescio" (mondo "roerso" di certe vecchie stampe venete)].

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    A quick search of rovescio roerso on the Internet gives you the answer: roerso is nothing but rovescio in the Veneto dialect. As of rovescio, it means upside-down, as you will already know, if the rest of the text is not a problem for you. Jan 14, 2015 at 16:49
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    Confermo: roerso è esattamente la forma veneta di rovescio.
    – egreg
    Jan 14, 2015 at 17:47
  • Thanks! does it also have the meaning "reverse" or "reversed"?
    – christina
    Jan 15, 2015 at 1:12
  • "Rovescio" as a noun can be "the reverse side", but in this sentence is an adjective.
    – Charo
    Jan 15, 2015 at 6:01

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Roerso/roesso: rovescio:

  • Roerso is rovescio (upside-down) in Veneto dialalect, probably old Venetian dialect. Other versions of more inland parts of Veneto like Padua or Vicenza are: roesso and roverso.

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