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Headword: *delfi=na nh/xesqai dida/skeis
Adler number: delta,212
Translated headword: you are teaching a dolphin to swim.
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those who train someone in matters in which they are already expert.[1] Also [sc. attested is] "you are tying a dolphin by the tail"; in reference to to the impossible; because of the agility and slipperiness [of dolphins].
Greek Original:
*delfi=na nh/xesqai dida/skeis: e)pi\ tw=n e)n e)kei/nois tina\ paidotribou/ntwn, e)n oi(=s h)/skhntai. kai\ *delfi=na pro\s to\ ou)rai=on dei=s: e)pi\ tw=n a)duna/twn: dia\ to\ eu)ki/nhton kai\ o)lisqhro/n.
From Zenobius 3.30 & 38; Tosi [cited under alpha 378] no.1919.
Entry out of alphabetical order.
[1] cf. generally gamma 279, iota 780.
Keywords: daily life; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 8 May 2002@00:36:39.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 8 May 2002@04:19:52.
David Whitehead (added note) on 9 May 2002@03:07:05.
David Whitehead (added x-ref) on 22 November 2002@03:05:04.
David Whitehead on 18 June 2012@07:38:56.
David Whitehead on 17 August 2012@06:30:03.
David Whitehead (another note) on 27 January 2014@03:15:30.


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