Γλώσσα λανθάνουσα τα αληθή λέγει.

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gianis167

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Greek
There is this Greek saying; Γλώσσα λανθάνουσα τα αληθή λέγει.
What is an accurate translation for it? Can you help me?
thank you.
 
  • διαφορετικός

    Senior Member
    Swiss German - Switzerland
    This concept (that I would not support, by the way) is called "Freudian slip", applied to speech. I cannot recall any corresponding saying in English. But I think an acceptable translation might be: "Slips of the tongue reveal the truth."
     

    Helleno File

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    English - UK
    Thanks for this gianis167. I came across it a few months ago in Ελληνικά στα Βαθιά. We don't quite have a saying for this. The nearest I've managed to come up with is "a slip of the tongue gives the game away". This isn't quite a "saying" but almost. We could but probably wouldn't say it as a generalisation, as I think you do in Greek. It is more a response to what we are now learning to call someone "mis-speaking" :eek:. We are slightly more likely to use it in the past tense which makes it not a saying at all. You could equally also say "gives/gave him/her/it away". Or even "me/you". How would you say that in Greek? ?Something with προδίδω??

    If you wanted to create a genuine sounding English saying you couldn't get better than the διαφορετικός version! :thumbsup:
     
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