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English translation: things that curdle milk

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09:18 Sep 13, 2011
English to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase: curdlers
But her body grew hard as she called to the black flowers under the tide of roots; when she fetched the curdlers out of the trees to bore through the cow's udders, the seven staring stared at the veins hardening in her breast;
Michael Kislov
Russian Federation
Local time: 20:51
English translation:things that curdle milk
Explanation:
There are all sorts of things that are said in British folklore to curdle milk - witches, the evil eye in general, evil spirits, pixies, etc. They usually do this by looking at the milk. So the (whatever creature they are) that are going to curdle the milk are summoned and their eyes bore into the udders (another metaphor) to curdle the milk before it even comes out of the cow.

I think.
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Liz Dexter (was Broomfield)
United Kingdom
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3 +9things that curdle milk
Liz Dexter (was Broomfield)


  

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2 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +9
things that curdle milk


Explanation:
There are all sorts of things that are said in British folklore to curdle milk - witches, the evil eye in general, evil spirits, pixies, etc. They usually do this by looking at the milk. So the (whatever creature they are) that are going to curdle the milk are summoned and their eyes bore into the udders (another metaphor) to curdle the milk before it even comes out of the cow.

I think.

Liz Dexter (was Broomfield)
United Kingdom
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 36

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  amarpaul
7 mins
  -> Thank you!

agree  Vaddy Peters: anything that contains acid will make the milk curdle
8 mins
  -> Indeed - but I suspect these are malevolent and supernatural things rather than a chemical reaction ...

agree  Ashutosh Mitra
1 hr
  -> Thank you!

agree  Charles Davis: Things or possibly spirits. You're right. Many a poor old woman was persecuted as a witch because someone's milk or butter curdled.
1 hr
  -> Thank you. I think it must be what the text is getting at!

agree  Alison Sabedoria
2 hrs
  -> Thanks!

agree  B D Finch: Sounds like Dylan Thomas to me, so definitely supernatural rather than vinegar!
4 hrs
  -> Thank you!

agree  Jessie LN
6 hrs
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agree  Phong Le
2 days 5 hrs
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agree  Yavor Dimitrov
2 days 11 hrs
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