Latin Proverb # 8 – Scopae dissolutae

Latin Proverb: Scopae dissolutae – Cicero Or. 235.5

English equivalent: A Good-for-nothing.

Translation: An untied broom.

Meaning: When something, or someone, is completely useless it is safe to say it's an untied broom, seeing that old brooms where just a bundle of twigs held together by a rope or by softer twigs. An untied broom therefore is just a bunch of twigs that makes more of a mess than they clean up.

 

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