Latin Proverb # 1 – Istaec in me cudetur faba

Latin Proverb: Istaec in me cudetur faba – Terentius, Eun. 381.

English equivalent: That evil will fall upon me.

Translation: That bean will be threshed on me.

Meaning: This proverb means that you will take the fall for something or that the fault will be lain on you, or as an old English saying goes: Thys myschiefe shall light on my necke. In Latin you can also use the proverb: In me hoc malum recidet, i.e. "I’ll take the fall for this".  

Curiosities: This is one of the few agricultural metaphors found with Terence.

 

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