Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Surprising Proverbial Congruences in English and Russian — № 1

English: Catch old birds with chaff, you cannot.
Russian: Стреляного воробья на мякине не проведешь. (You can't trick a sparrow that survived a shooting with chaff.)

The Russian version incorporates another saying — стреляный воробей (a sparrow that survived a shooting) — which means old hand in English.

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