This week we have found a few of the many proverbs that have fruit and nuts as their focus.
Turkey is justifiably famous for producing vast quantities of both, so it’s hardly surprising that they appear in many traditional sayings.
Turkey: a cornucopia of fruit and nuts
Walnuts, melons, figs, nuts… all have a place in Turkish culture and the literal meanings of the proverbs uncover much about daily life throughout Anatolian history.
Bir koltuğa iki karpuz sığmaz.”
One cannot carry two watermelons under one arm
Warning against doing more than one thing at a time.
Incir cekirdegini doldurmaz.”
It won’t fill a fig seed
Used to express the insignificance of someone’s point in an argument.
Ceviz kabugunda firtina.”
Storm in a walnut shell
A Fuss about nothing, like a storm in a teacup.
Meyve, agacinin dibine duser.”
The tree bearing fruit gets stones thrown at it
Only a productive person trying to do new things gets criticized.
Sabır acıdır, meyvesi tatlıdır.”
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet
Waiting is difficult but the results are worth waiting for.
Next week: proverbs about animals