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Headword: Θαλάττῃ ἐκ χαράδρας ὕδωρ
Adler number: theta,9
Translated headword: water out of a gulley (added) to the sea
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those striving to add small things to big ones. Likewise "a lump of earth [added] to a field."
Greek Original:
Θαλάττῃ ἐκ χαράδρας ὕδωρ: ἐπὶ τῶν τοῖς μεγάλοις τὰ μικρὰ προσφιλοτιμουμένων. ὁμοίως τῷ βῶλος ἄρουρα.
Note:
See already beta 483 for these two sayings in reverse. (Both also have a suggestion of "coals to Newcastle", for which see under gamma 279.)
Keywords: daily life; ethics; geography; proverbs
Translated by: Anne Mahoney on 12 December 1999@15:17:22.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note and keyword) on 26 August 2001@10:25:18.
David Whitehead (tweaks; raised status) on 21 January 2008@10:15:19.
David Whitehead (tweak) on 21 June 2011@11:36:21.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 23 December 2012@08:23:25.

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