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Headword: Νεφέλας ξαίνεις
Adler number: nu,274
Translated headword: you are carding clouds
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. A proverbial saying] in reference to those laboring in vain and [in reference to] impossible [things].[1]
The verb ξαίνειν ["to card"] is perhaps taken from the one who said that the clouds are like fleeces spread out.[2]
Greek Original:
Νεφέλας ξαίνεις: ἐπὶ τῶν μάτην πονούντων καὶ ἀδυνάτων. εἴληπται ἴσως τὸ ξαίνειν ἐκ τοῦ εἰπόντος, ἐοικέναι τὰς νεφέλας ἐρίοις ἀναπεπταμένοις.
Notes:
[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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