Saturday, August 22, 2015

A Taste of Yiddish 5.48

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this week's proverbs
מ'קען נישט זײַן קײַן בּעזעם אָן ווערן בּאַשמוצט

transliterated
m'ken nit zayn kayn bezem on vern bashmutst

the proverb actually means
you can't be a broom without getting yourself dirty

translated to Hebrew
אי אפשר להיות מטאטא בלי להתלכלך


or this
ווער עס פּאָרעט זיך מיט סמאָלע, שמירט זיך אײַן די הענט

transliterated
ver es poret zikh mit smo'le, shmirt zikh ayn di hent

in English
he, who handles tar, gets his hands dirty

in Hebrew

זה שמתעסק בזפת מלכלך את הידים

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A proverb is a short, generally known sentence of the folk which contains wisdom, truth, morals, and traditional views in a metaphorical, fixed and memorizable form and which is handed down from generation to generation

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