How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Discussion in 'Türkçe (Turkish)' started by seitt, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. seitt Senior Member

    Turkey
    English/Welsh
    Greetings,

    How do you say this in Turkish?

    Please see:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_many_angels_can_dance_on_the_head_of_a_pin?

    Or: How many angels can dance on a pinhead?

    The expression typifies a trite subject of discussion, particularly in contrast to matters of true importance.

    In this case I'm looking for the literal translation. They say that the Byzantines discussed this a lot, but I don't know if this is true or not.

    Best wishes, and many thanks,

    Simon
     
  2. Rallino Moderatoúrkos

    Erzincan
    Turkish
    I had never heard this saying before. I don't think I've quite understood it either. :eek:

    But since you're asking for a litteral translation, here you are:

    Kaç melek bir toplu iğne başında dans edebilir ki?
     
  3. ukuca

    ukuca Senior Member

    Istanbul - Turkey
    Turkish - Turkey
    Hi,
    I've found some citations:
    "bir iğnenin ucunda kaç tane melek dans edebilir?"
    "bir toplu iğnenin ucunda kaç melek dans eder?"
    "Kaç melek dans edebilir, bir iğne üzerinde?"
    interchangeably, all can be considered as a literal translation.
     
  4. seitt Senior Member

    Turkey
    English/Welsh
    Many thanks, excellent.
     

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