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01-10-2009, 04:50 AM
:mad: I know there is a very old thread about foreign phrases used in quotes, but I just lost a full second and a half off my solve time because of this one...

Dios tarda pero no olvida - God delays but doesn't forget. -Proverb

I mean, really?

I don't speak much Spanish, only high school French.

It could have at the very least said "Spanish Proverb" or SOMETHING!

01-10-2009, 05:49 AM
I have not gotten that one in a while, but it gave me fits when I did get it.

There is another one with two Scottish words in it: He that winna be ruled by the rudder maun be ruled by the rock.

01-10-2009, 05:52 AM
Hopefully I will remember that if I ever DO get that one! I will be looking at this thread next time I get a puzzle that stumps me THAT badly. Hopefully others will post more of them here. The old thread is around somewhere but updating it seem a good idea to me after that fiasco. Thank you!

01-10-2009, 06:09 AM
Maradnu, I've also had that one. It took me almost an hour the first time. I had absolutely no clue what rudder maun meant.

Kat, here's another one I just had recently:

Partir, c'est mourir un peu. (To leave is to die a little.)

Now I understand a little French (4 years in high school and college) and a little Spanish from living in Spain, but am not expecting anything but English when I'm solving cryptograms so am not thinking in that mode.

I had one (Ayn Rand) a few months ago that spelled exercising with a z (exercizing)! That stumped me for a long time. :confused:

01-10-2009, 06:12 AM
No wonder I've never been able to figure that one out. "Maun" is a totally foreign concept. If you plug "Maun" into a google search, you get some place in Botswana.


I doubt Robert Burns or any of his Scottish brethren ever made a sojourn to Botswana in their lifetimes.

[Once again, I'm asking you, Steven, can you allow us to upload an image from our own computers rather than the URL of an internet image? I could have scaled down this image in my own computer, instead I had to upload this oversize image from the net]

01-10-2009, 06:37 AM
Pronunciation: \ˈmȯn, ˈmän, mən\
Function: verbal auxiliary
Etymology: Middle English man, from Old Norse, present of munu - shall, will; akin to Old English gemynd mind — more at mind
Date: 13th century

google maun AND scottish

01-10-2009, 06:41 AM
I might have eventually managed the french...eventually, but maun would have killed me. And I have had the "exercizing" quote. I actually looked up in the dictionary to see if that was a form of correct spelling. (My spell check underlines it on firefox, go figure!)

I just think that there shouldn't be foreign words and phrases. I mean, what's next? Swedish? Welsh? Gaelic?

Thanks for the input. Love the fact that you ended up in Botswana Bansai! Lol!

01-10-2009, 05:04 PM
Could be worse. The original thread had someone who said he (or she) got a crypto (not on this site, I presume) with Jabberwocky in Italian.

I'd hate to get Jabberwocky in English as a crypto, forget Italian.