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Latin Proverbs March 17, 2016

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Aquila non captat muscas ………… An eagle does not catch flies.

The powers that be are no danger for the very little guy.

(This is at least  what the little guys mostly believe, if they forget that they are many and can therefore be dealt with wholesale.)

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Canis mordens non latrat……… A dog that bites does not bark.

Talkative people won’t take action and are therefore not as dangerous as the silent ones.

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Parturiunt montes, nascetur ridiculus mus …………The hills gave birth to a ridiculous mouse.

A lot of fuss was made, but very little achieved.

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donkey Middle Ages

Asinus lyram audit, auriculas movens……… The donkey listens to the lyre and moves his ears.

Your best friend seems to understand  you, but  he doesn’t.

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Asino fabulam narras………. You are telling the story to a donkey.

The same as above: your audience doesn’t understand you.

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Camelus saltat. …………….The camel is dancing.

The proverb is critical of someone acting in an unexpected way.

Proverbs are often impertinent towards camels, donkeys, dogs, even some birds.

The large version of this photo [worth the click!!!]  is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/healinglight/ under a creative commons licence by “Templar1307”.

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Araneis abundat.……………. It’s full of spiderwebs.

As for instance an empty blog or an empty account or an empty head.

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Dominas suas canes imitantur. …………….Dogs imitate their female owners.

goya the duchess of alba

It could be that Goya thought of this proverb when he painted the Duchess of Alba with her little dog.

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Canes timidi vehementius latrant. …… A frightened dog barks more loudly.

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Via aquilae in caelo ……… The path of the eagle in the sky .

A Biblical metaphor for mysteries deserving our admiration.

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Multorum camelorum onus ………A load for many camels.

Easy to remember because of that sonorous Latin genitive, it says there is work that you had better leave to your colleagues.

The large versions of these photos are athttp://www.flickr.com/photos/healinglight/159694292/sizes/o/in/photostream/ and at http://www.flickr.com/photos/healinglight/ under a CC license by “Templar1307”.

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Asinus ad tegulas………………A donkey on the roof tiles.

Meaning the wrong man in the wrong place.

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Tu si me amas, canem meum dilige………………. If you love me, you’ll have to like my dog.

Meaning if you like somebody, you will have to put up with his friends.

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Middle Ages donkey

And here is the complete Latin Zoo .

In that not so distant past they each had a donkey at home, and some wealthy men had 1000 donkeys in their tents, but you can see that nobody ever looked twice at a donkey. They drew them, as kids do, according to an idea.

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Abyssus abyssum invocat……………The abyss calls the abyss

A mistake entails another one as for instance in wars  conceived as humanitarian operations.

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Aquilam noctua comparas ………. You compare an eagle to an owl.

It means that the use you made of a proverb sucks.

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Some of the pictures are fragments of drawings by Gary Olsen for The Cartoon College.

The gold cap is by Mike Lester

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