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From: "Frank Soural" <>
Subject: RE: [GERMAN-BOHEMIAN] Superstitions
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2006 15:36:11 -0400
In-Reply-To: <44E9F146.2080902@gmx.de>


In my youth "Spinne" always meant spider and as a corollary we were told
never to kill a spider. I suppose, because it trapped flies. Makes 19th
Century sense?

Franz Gerhard Soural

-----Original Message-----
From: Udo Vogel [mailto:]
Sent: Monday, August 21, 2006 1:46 PM
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Subject: Re: [GERMAN-BOHEMIAN] Superstitions

Hi Aida and Arlette

Arlette Drahos schrieb:
>> From my mother...if there was a spider in house:
> Spinne am Morgen....bringt Sorgen
> Spinne am Abend... (can't remember what that one was or if there was one)
>
The German proverb goes:
Spinnen am Morgen - Kummer und Sorgen,
Spinnen am Abend - erquickend und labend.

This means:
the activity to spin starting in the morning to earn ones living is a
hard work,
but spinning in the evening together with neighbours and chatting is fun.

This has nothing to do with spiders. :-)

Udo


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