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The first definition of the term ram that mentions the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ) refers to male specimen of the species Ovis orientalis aries whose females are known as sheep .

The ram, which is characterized by having the body Covered wool , measures about eighty centimeters to the cross and presents horns . Usually the ram is a male that is used for reproduction and which, therefore, is not subjected to castration.

Before the age of two, males of this species are called sheep . Yes to animal castrate it, it is known as capon .

In some countries , people who are called rams do not join a strike decided by their peers or by a union. Ram, in this framework, is synonymous with scab .

The rams, therefore, are strikebreaker . Many times these are individuals who receive money on the part of the employers so that they do not adhere to the strike and thus take away the importance or force of the protest. Being accused of ram implies an offense: it is linked to the lack of courage to make a claim and solidarity with the rest of the workers and also refers to the absence of scruples.

The well-known American writer Jack London, author of works such as The call of the wild and White Fang, made public his opinion about the figure of the ram (or esquirol) in a text that could not be more direct. In a few sentences he said things like the following: God created him with a horrible substance that had been left over from the most disgusting species; instead of heart, the esquirol has a tumor of rotten principles; his brain is full of water; it is lacking in courage even when compared to Judas Iscariot himself; Nothing can be below an esquirol.

With respect to the origin of the term ram in this sense, it is necessary to start with that of "esquirol", which emerged in Manlleu, a population of Barcelona, ​​in the mid-19th century. At that time, the industry textile still worked on request, that is to say that manufacturers made orders to weavers, who did their work in their own homes.

Little by little the first factories appeared, hand in hand with wage labor, but this was an alteration in the weavers' routine, and many joined in important strikes. This situation lasted until beginning of the twentieth century, and manufacturers made the decision to summon workers from nearby locations, especially from l'Esquirol, name by which Santa María de Corcó is known. This resulted in the people who agreed to work despite the strike receiving the nickname "espyroles", which spread rapidly throughout the country.

The term "ram", on the other hand, is used in Latin America, where it is much more frequent than the previous one. Its origin is in a popular saying that speaks of an "enchanted ram" who went to look for wool and "returned sheared." It is important to highlight that these people do not measure the consequences of their decisions, which is why their ambitions lead them to harm themselves and their partners; the egg-breakers do not reach the position of those who convince them to sell themselves, and so they remain in a limbo where the principles do not exist and where nobody wants them or respect .

Ram, finally, is a surname quite usual in nations Spanish speakers. Singer María del Mar Rodríguez Carnero (known as The Mari ), the poet Guillermo Carnero , the politician Jesus Julio Ram and the soccer player Raúl García Carnero They share this name.

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