comme une pie

by tiresomemoi

Yellow dress with two birds, 1996*Yellow dress with two birds, 1996

 

 

 

bavard comme une pie** = très bavard (a chatterbox)

 

voleur comme une pie = qui commet souvent des vols, de petites choses (a thieving magpie)

 

 

*Leiko IkemiuroTerrakotta, 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?

 

 

 

 

 

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