Saturday, October 10, 2009


Match the proverbs or idioms 1 - 6 with their meanings a - f. For answers, highlight the space beneath where it says, "Highlight below for answers" - yes, really, they are there!
These sayings are all about health and I should warn you that, if you are feeling out of sorts, there are one or two which will not cheer you up!

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1. Duluri di testa voli minestra.

2. Gamma a letto e vrazzu a pettu.

3. Hai un male? - Dillu a tutti.

4. Libbirtàti e sanitàti vàli ciù ri na cità.

5. Cacaredda a menza missa e causi a ghiruppu çianu.

6. Frevi autunnali o longa o murtali.

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a. Are you ill? - Tell everyone. [Because then you'll be looked after.]

b. Liberty and health are worth more than a city.

c. A bad leg must be cared for in bed, and a bad arm across your chest.

d. A fever in autumn is either long or fatal.

e. If you have a headache, you need soup.

f. Diarrhoea half out and trousers tied tight. [A way of referring to unfortunate coincidences.]

Highlight below for answers:
1e, 2c, 3a, 4b, 5f, 6d.

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Mary said...

Sorry, but I'm still completely bemused by answer F. even though you have tried valiantly to explain.

Peter @ italyMONDO! said...

Can't get enough of proverbs!!

Here are my answers....

2 - C
6 - D
3 - A
4 - B
1 - E
5 - F

The "Cacaredda" was a particularly interesting one... and new to me! :-P

Minnie said...

Class swot, here (got 'em all right) - finding these old words of wisdom a treat in so many ways, too. Love the idea of soup curing headaches (in fact, early hunger pangs often cause headaches) - along the lines of Jewish penicillin. And, of course, the soup in question must be made con amore!
Word verif is saying 'hunco';is it trying to tell me something by any chance ;-)?

Alex the Blogging Kat said...

Hi, Simi! I comeded by 2 sayz dat 2 u. OK?

Rowena said...

That #5 was a bit of a shock (in english). Just the visual aspect...oh dear!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Mary. I can only say, "Make what you will " of that one! Hi, Peter. I am glad you like them. All correct - well done! Hi, Phidelm. We can be fellow-swots! I always had my nose in a book at primary school but I made up for it in my wild student days! Well done. I think the word verif is telling you to go and get a "hunco". If you find one, can you ask him if he has a brother?

Simi says, "Hi, Alex, It's very nice of you to come by to say 'Hi' to me. You are a very sweet puddy-cat. I loves you. Woof!"

Hi, Rowena. Quite so!

Minnie said...

Hello, again, Patrizia - I've been on a 'hunco' hunt, as you rightly suggested (v good idea, thanks!). No luck, so far; but promise will add suitably hunco-rific brother/cousin/friend to my list. Distinti saluti!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi again, Phidelm. Well, get back out there and find one for yourself - and one for me!

Whispering Walls said...

Isn't it minestrone, rather than soup?!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Any soup or broth and even some kinds of pasta, WW.


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