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22:36 Nov 27, 2006
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Spanish to English translations [PRO] Social Sciences - Government / Politics / Mexico
Spanish term or phrase:ningún loco come lumbre
?Ve a un Lopez Obrador más centrado? Depende de lo que él consiere sus propias acciones, ciertamente ningún loco come lumbre, y ciertament no hemos visto, desde que fue presidente, ninguna toma de pozos petroleros.
This saying is about a liar who tries to fool people; this is not about someone stupid but sane or crazy but slow. On the flip side, it impñlies a process, it's not one big goof (shoot oneself), but a performance3 he will not dare take beyond a point.
How much time do you have for this? The proverb is to expose a bluffer. Some people may take an act a long way to convince others. Some will even take live coals in their mouth, but when it comes to chewing and swallowing the stuff... you bet they'll quit
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(wouldn't be so stupid as to) shoot himself in the foot
Explanation: Creo que ése es el sentido de la frase aquí. Lo de ningún loco come lumbre alude a que por tonto o loco que sea una persona no se haría daño a sí misma.
xxxVocabulum Local time: 09:09 Native speaker of: Spanish PRO pts in category: 4
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Explanation: I've heard like: "no hay borracho que coma lumbre".
I don't know an equivalent proverb in English, though the meaning is clear:
No matter how wild you are (or you pretend to be), you won't hurt yourself.
If I find the equivalent proverb I'l come back. I suspect Twain may have a " gold-nugget" for us in stock.
Mike Fuentes Mexico Local time: 09:09 Works in field Native speaker of: Spanish, English