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Headword: *to\ skambo\n cu/lon ou)de/pot' o)rqo/n
Adler number: tau,801
Translated headword: the bent timber [is] never straight
Vetting Status: high
This proverb is common and clear. It is deployed as a criticism of those attempting to rectify twisted timbers or affairs and profiting nothing.
Greek Original:
*to\ skambo\n cu/lon ou)de/pot' o)rqo/n: au(/th h( paroimi/a dhmw/dhs e)sti\ kai\ fanera/. ta/ttetai de\ kata\ tw=n dia/strofa cu/la h)\ pra/gmata peirwme/nwn kateuqu/nein kai\ mhde\n w)felou/ntwn.
Likewise in Photius (tau396 Theodoridis), taken to come from Pausanias the Atticist (tau41); also several of the paroemiographers. Copied, in brief, to sigma 530.
Keywords: botany; daily life; ethics; imagery; proverbs; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 27 April 2003@05:05:08.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 1 November 2004@00:19:04.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 1 November 2004@03:29:08.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 1 May 2011@09:02:23.
David Whitehead on 15 August 2011@04:50:09.
David Whitehead on 14 January 2014@07:44:11.


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