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Headword: *(o *krh\s th\n qa/lassan
Adler number: omicron,120
Translated headword: the Cretan (and) the sea
Vetting Status: high
A proverb in reference to those pretending to avoid the things in which they are exceptional. [Coined] because the Cretans were supreme sailors.
Greek Original:
*(o *krh\s th\n qa/lassan: paroimi/a e)pi\ tw=n prospoioume/nwn feu/gein e)kei=na, e)n oi(=s diafe/rousin. e)peidh\ nautikw/tatoi oi( *krh=tes e)ge/nonto.
Likewise Zenobius 5.30 and other paroemiographers. Note however that lexicography (Hesychius omicron493, Photius omicron189 Theodoridis) has a different take on it, perhaps stemming from confusion with omicron 686 (q.v.).
For the theme, compare Br'er Rabbit: "Please don't throw me in the briar patch!"
Another proverb referring to the Cretans appears at kappa 2407.
Keywords: daily life; ethics; geography; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 7 October 2001@06:21:27.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (modified translation, added note) on 30 September 2002@14:46:46.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword; cosmetics) on 23 June 2013@08:36:49.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 28 December 2020@00:37:55.


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