Saturday, March 17, 2012


At the end of a week in which the weather has gone from a three-day hurricane to what would be regarded as a heatwave in Britain, here is a Sicilian proverbs quiz in its honour.  I hope you have some weekend fun trying to match the proverbs 1 - 6 with their meanings a - f.  You will find the answers at the bottom of the post.

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1.  Cca çiovi supra ô vagnatu.

2.  'U suli quannu nesci, nesci ppi tutti [meaning everyone can find fulfillment in nature].

3.  L'aria pulita nun si scanta rê trona.

4.  A quattru cosi crèdito nun dati: amuri di donna e carità di frati, suli di 'nvernu e nuvuli di stati.

5.  Arco sirìtinu fa bon tempu a lu matinu, arcu matinali jinchi pùzzura e funtani.

6.  Quannu çiovi nun sicca nenti.

a. Clean air isn't afraid of thunder [meaning that someone with a clear conscience needn't fear malicious gossip].

b.  A rainbow in the evening means good weather in the morning; a rainbow in the morning fills wells and fountains.

c.  When the sun rises, it rises for all.

d. There are four things you shouldn't believe in:  the love of women and the charity of friars, winter sunshine and summer clouds.

e.  When it rains, nothing dries up [meaning there's plenty for all].

f.  Here it rains on the person who is already soaked  [meaning misfortunes do not come singly.]
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For answers, highlight the space below:

1f, 2c, 3a, 4d, 5b, 6e.


Unknown said...

I got 4 of the 6! I think that may be a personal record.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Well done, Nick.

Beyond Survivor said...

Good fun and educational too!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Glad you enjoyed these, Jan.


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