Why old cows are best left in the ditch. Words of wisdom, strangely phrased, from the four corners of the globe
One of the most enjoyable aspects of learning a new language is picking up the idioms, the funny little sayings, often steeped in local history and culture, that explain the meaning of life and how to live it. (Well, in that particularly country anyway).
Here are fourteen explains of peculiar idioms from around the world that on closer inspection are really quite wise.
Bring up an old argument in Holland. Presumably, the argument, like an old cow, should be just left there.
Therefore there is no reason to panic, say the Swedes.
That is, pretend that you are innocent and have no idea what is going on. The Serbs, it seems, have trust issues with the English.
Stuffing something up completely by insisting on correcting a minor flaw. The Japanese are not as pernickety as you thought.
A troublesome circus monkey (Shutterstock)
Hence, it is not my problem, say the Poles.
An old Arabic saying that comments on the inherent irony of life. Or the poor state of dental hygiene on some parts of the peninsula.
... is to flirt with someone in Latin America. Sounds terrifying.
Going to the toilet in Russia. Apparently, it was the only place the Czar wasn't carried to.
Giving special treatment to someone who doesn't need it, according to the Portuguese.
Maggots. In bacon. (Shutterstock)
With their unapologetic love for meat, is it any wonder that the Germans regard living like a maggot in bacon as an enviable state of being?
Russian for 'I'm telling you the truth.' Personally, I'd rather they hang the noodles.
An old Arab saying that is the equivalent of a pot calling a kettle black.
In Spain, that's how you stand someone up.
Main image: A cow in a ditch (Shutterstock)
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