even Homer nods

Discussion in 'English Only' started by suzi br, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. suzi br

    suzi br Senior Member

    English / England
    "even Homer nods" I've heard this phrase two or three times recently and don't have a clue what it means. Can anyone illuminate for me?

  2. loladamore

    loladamore Senior Member

    Zacatecas, México
    English UK
    Hi Suzi,

    I'd never heard it before, either, but I have just found this:


    I hope it's true!
  3. rsweet

    rsweet Senior Member

    English, North America
    This references the great Greek Poet Homer. It means that even someone who is at the top of his field can sometimes turn in a subpar performance.

    Just saw loladamore's post. Yes, I do think it's true.
  4. ampurdan

    ampurdan Senior Member

    jiā tàiluó ní yà
    Català & español (Spain)
    Horace's verse: "quandoque bonus dormitat Homerus" (Ars Poetica. v. 359). The implied sense is that even the wisest make mistakes.
  5. suzi br

    suzi br Senior Member

    English / England
    Gosh thanks
    that was quick -- and it makes sense in the contexts in which I heard it said, too!

    cheers my dears

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