December 20, 2007

Danish Sayings

This 'live traffic feed' menubar widget is a lot of fun. I wasn't expecting so many people from all over, and another surprise is how many people are reading old posts. To me this stuff is ancient history, out of sight and out of mind. I wouldn't even remember what I ate for breakfast if I didn't eat the same thing every day. I read these old blogs and I think, hey, that's not half bad. A lot of people seem to be reading an old post about Swedish Sayings, I must have a lock on that niche. In order to increase market share I have decided to post about Danish sayings too, to add to the season's hygge.

First a Christmas Update. The year's most prestigious gift in Sweden is an environmentally friendly car. The hot gift in Denmark is a certificate giving a goat to a person in Africa.

Danish Sayings.
He that does you a very bad turn will never forgive you.
He that drinks beer, thinks beer.
He that hides is no better than he that steals.
At sea you must sail or sink.
He who wants to hang a dog is sure to find a rope.
He that you seat upon your shoulder will often try to get upon your head.
He who can sit upon a stone and feed himself should not move.
He who feels himself scabby, let him scratch.
He who has no falcon must hunt with owls.
He who has plenty of butter may put some on his cabbage.
He who hesitates is lost.
He who lies down in the wash will be eaten by swine.
He who marries a widow with three children marries four thieves.
He who sows peas on the highway does not get all the pods into his barn.
He who tastes every man's broth often burns his mouth.
He who would close another man's mouth should first tie up his own.
If a beard were all, the goat would be the winner.


At December 20, 2007 8:12 PM , Blogger rigtenzin said...

After reading those, I think less of the Danes.

"He who tastes every man's broth often burns his mouth." This is insane. What the heck could it mean?

At December 21, 2007 9:32 AM , Blogger Matt_J said...

I think it means keep your spoon to yourself (be content with your own lot) and don't sow your peas on the road.

At December 21, 2007 7:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I assumed the broth to be the wife of the other man. It's all about sex, isn't it?

At January 01, 2008 8:24 PM , Blogger reverend dick said...

Damn right "he who has done you a bad turn will never forgive you". That's human nature for you...that guy, and I'm not mentioning any names, knows he needs a beating and can't forget it. That's karma for real.


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