From: David M. Scholer (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Feb 17 2000 - 13:10:15 EST
Bart, Is something like "nor speak out of both sides of your mouth" too
free? I am not sure that "forked tongue" is clear today; for some it might
mean "sharp" tongue. David M. Scholer
At 10:55 AM 02/17/2000 -0500, you wrote:
> Didache 2:4 reads: OUK ESHi DIGNWMWN OUDE DIGLWSSOS. PAGIS GAR
>QNANATOU hH DIGLWSSIA. This translates into something like: "you shall
>not be of two minds nor xxx; for xxx is a snare of death."
> I'm trying to come up with an English phrase for DIGLWSSOS/DIGLWSSIA.
>I don't much like keeping the parallel with "two minds" by saying "two
>tongued (or double-minded/double-tongued)." I could use
>"equivocate/equivocation," but that gets rid of the metaphor.
> What would you think of my using "forked tongue," as follows: "You
>shall not be of two minds nor speak with a forked tongue. For a forked
>tongue is a snare of death" ?
> I must admit, it vaguely reminds me of a Smothers Brothers routine I
>used to listen to as a kid; but otherwise I kind of like it. But is it a
>phrase people still understand?
>-- Bart Ehrman
> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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