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13:26 Mar 19, 2002
German to English translations [Non-PRO] Art/Literary
German term or phrase:Wer nichts wird, wird Wirt
I am just wondering what this proverb means.
'the professionally unsuccessful becomes a landlord'
Explanation: or so - or 'proprietor of a pub/inn'
This proverb claims that someone who is not successful in learning a craft, doing apprenticeship or studying in college tries to survive by running a pub.
It is meant a bit contemptuously that a pub-owner is someone who doesn't knnow anything better.
Eckhard Boehle Germany Local time: 17:33 Native speaker of: German PRO pts in pair: 523