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Headword: *nefe/las cai/neis
Adler number: nu,274
Translated headword: you are carding clouds
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial saying] in reference to those laboring in vain and [in reference to] impossible [things].[1]
The verb cai/nein ["to card"] is perhaps taken from the one who said that the clouds are like fleeces spread out.[2]
Greek Original:
*nefe/las cai/neis: e)pi\ tw=n ma/thn ponou/ntwn kai\ a)duna/twn. ei)/lhptai i)/sws to\ cai/nein e)k tou= ei)po/ntos, e)oike/nai ta\s nefe/las e)ri/ois a)napeptame/nois.
[1] cf. Diogenianus 6.83 and other paroemiographers. See also the very similar epsilon 3207, and for this common genre of proverb cf. (e.g.) alpha 1621, alpha 2169, epsilon 1111, epsilon 1536, epsilon 3196.
[2] From epsiloniota 165, q.v.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; ethics; imagery; proverbs; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 29 May 2007@15:47:49.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (notes; another keyword) on 30 May 2007@03:13:03.
David Whitehead on 7 June 2013@06:20:06.
Catharine Roth (tweak) on 16 June 2013@17:52:11.


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