Saturday, July 31, 2010

FUMUS

The notes here are taken from the actual Scala, so be warned that references to the "previous" proverb refer to its order in the Scala, not its order here. You can read more about the word at the Verbosum blog: FUMUS.

De fumo ad flammam. ~ Note: This is a "bad-to-worse" type of proverb (compare the English "out of the frying pan, into the fire"). It is one of the sayings Erasmus included in his Adagia, 4.7.40.

Defecerunt sicut fumus dies mei.

Flamma fumo est proxima.

Fumum fugiens, in ignem incidi. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings Erasmus included in his Adagia, 1.5.5.

Fumus, ergo ignis. ~ Note: Compare the English, "Where there's smoke, there's fire."

Homo humus, fama fumus, finis cinis.

Post mortem fumus, pulvis et umbra sumus. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 923. The rhyme, fumus-sumus, reveals the medieval provenance of this saying.

Semper flamma fumo proxima est. ~ Note: You can find these words in Plautus's Curculio, and this is one of the sayings Erasmus included in his Adagia, 1.5.20.

Vita mortalium cinis est et fumus. ~ Note: It is not the life of mortals that is ash and smoke, but rather their death, hence the paradox of this proverb ]like other proverbs about life and death that you have already seen (e.g. Nascentes morimus, etc.).

Vitandus fumus, in ignem ne incidas.

Dum vito fumum, flammam in ipsam decido.

Fumum pro fulgore dat.

Praenuntiat fumus incendium.

Fumus sumus, fimus fimus. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 1461: Vita evanescet, corpus mortale putrescet: Fumus sumus, fimus fimus.

Non est fumus absque igne. ~ Note: The word "absque" means without, and is formed from the same root as the preposition "ab" plus the generalizing -que suffix that you see in ubique, quisque, etc.

De fumo disceptant.

Patriae fumus igni alieno luculentior. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings that Erasmus included in his Adagia, 1.2.16.

Ex fumo dare lucem.

Ex igne ut fumus, sic fama ex crimine surgit.

Fumo comburi nihil potest, flamma potest.

Fumo periit qui fumum vendidit.

Fumo punitur qui fumum vendidit.

Fumus pulchriorem persequitur.

Non surgit sine fumo flamma, nec sine calumnia fama.

Omne verterat in fumum et cinerem.

Sine fumo flamma non ascendit

Sub uno igne aurum rutilat , palea fumat.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Laura, the few avid of latin kwnoledge thank you for your effort. Luis Gonzalez-Serva