Discussion Forum (Archived)

Please consider registering
guest

Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —




— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

The forums are currently locked and only available for read-only access. No new posts or comments can be created.
sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Pedal in Sauerkraut
2017/01/31
5:20am
Avatar
Grant Barrett
San Diego, California
Admin
Forum Posts: 1532
Member Since:
2007/08/02
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

In a futile situation, English speakers might say that we’re spinning our wheels. The French have a phrase for the same situation that translates as “pedal in sauerkraut.” The Illustrated Book of Sayings collects similarly colorful idioms in other languages. There’s a Turkish expression that literally translates as “grapes darken by looking at each other,” meaning that we’re influenced by the company we keep. In Latvian, there’s an expression that means “to prevaricate,” but literally it translates as “to blow little ducks (out of one’s mouth).” This is part of a complete episode.