Thursday, August 06, 2009


Match the 5 proverbs or sayings plus 1 strange idiom, 1 - 6, with their meanings a -e. The answers are below where it says "Highlight below for answers" - really, they are!

1. Cu' è nemico di li cani, è nemico di li cristiani.

2. Si vôi campari l'anni di la cucca, sfarda stivali assai, linzola piccola.

3. Cu' cchiù havi, havi cchiù guai.

4. Aviri 'a francisi.

5. Cuannu na fimmina annaca l'anca, se nun è buttana, picca ci manca.

6. Miegghiu cà ca ddà.

a. If you want to live as long as a cuckoo, use up a lot of boots and few sheets.

b. To have a touch of the French [meaning to be hungry!]

c. Better here than there [ie., it's better to be among the living than among the dead].

d. He who is an enemy of dogs is an enemy of Christians.

e. When a woman sways her hips [ie., flirts] we don't miss her much is she's not a tart.

f. The more money you have, the more troubles you have.
Highlight below for answers:
1d, 2a, 3f, 4b, 5e, 6c.


Whispering Walls said...

1d is the easy one, 4b (I've never heard that the Italians think the French are greedy!), 2a (la cucca sounds like cchiu, cchiu and could you explain the meaning of that one, please!) 6c, 3f so 5e.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Well done, WW. I can't find any site that gives the lifespan of a cuckoo but let's assume it's long for a bird. So, if you want to live long, like a cuckoo, use your boots a lot [ie walk a lot, be active] and fewer sheets [ie, don't laze around in bed].


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