comme une pie
bavard comme une pie** = très bavard (a chatterbox)
voleur comme une pie = qui commet souvent des vols, de petites choses (a thieving magpie)
*Leiko Ikemiuro, Terrakotta, glasiert/Glazed terracotta/Terre cuite émaillée
**A “pie” (rhymes with pea) is a magpie. Poor magpies get a bad rap. According to a study lead by Dr. Toni Shephard magpies appear to be neophobic (fearful of new things) and would prefer a few nuts to all the treasures in your jewelry box.
The nursery rhyme One for Sorrow is based on the belief that the number of magpies one sees*** gives an indication of one’s future:
One for sorrow,
Two for mirth
Three for a funeral,
Four for birth
Five for heaven
Six for hell
Seven for the devil, his own self
– A Collection of Proverbs and Popular Sayings relating to the Seasons, the Weather, and Agricultural Pursuits, gathered chiefly from oral tradition (London, 1846)
***In an hour, a day, before you can count to ten?