People talk because there is good reason

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People talk because there is good reason

Post by Rama » Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:30 pm

Came across this proverb; (Khmer proverbs often take me a few minutes to figure out)

មានសំរាមទើបឆ្កែជុះ

Which the Headley 1997 dictionary says is a proverb meaning: "People talk because there is good reason"

But what is the better literal (word for word) translation of មានសំរាមទើបឆ្កែជុះ
A) There is rubbish AND THEN (consequently) the dog defecates.
B) After the dog defecates there is waste

I think it's gotta be A? Because ទើប means 'then, only then, next'.
In fact the now I've written this post I'm 98% sure that A is the best. It makes sense in that people like to talk and gossip about trash news.
But confirmation please and any alternative translations?
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Re: People talk because there is good reason

Post by Joon » Mon Aug 04, 2014 2:54 pm

I also understand it as a dog only relieves his droppings where there's garbage already.

So it seems to be the idea that trash talk calls for trash talk?
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Re: People talk because there is good reason

Post by Duncan » Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:20 pm

[quote="Joon"]I also understand it as a dog only relieves his droppings where there's garbage already.

So it seems to be the idea that trash talk calls for trash talk?[/quote]




You are so wrong with that theory. It was only just this morning that I saw a neighbor across the road sweep the area outside their house, and as soon as he went inside one of the 20 dogs in our street came along, turned around 2 or 3 times, then did a crap.
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Re: People talk because there is good reason

Post by StroppyChops » Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:55 pm

Could this possibly be the equivalent of "where there's smoke, there's fire"?
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Re: People talk because there is good reason

Post by Joon » Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:28 pm

That would make sense, Stroppy.

I personally love how colorful and picturesque Cambodian sayings and idioms are :lol:
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Re: People talk because there is good reason

Post by giblet » Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:45 pm

Joon wrote:That would make sense, Stroppy.

I personally love how colorful and picturesque Cambodian sayings and idioms are :lol:
Me too, I'd love if you'd post some more. I have a book of them, but I don't understand what a lot of them mean.
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Re: People talk because there is good reason

Post by Rama » Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:06 pm

giblet wrote:
Joon wrote:That would make sense, Stroppy.

I personally love how colorful and picturesque Cambodian sayings and idioms are :lol:
Me too, I'd love if you'd post some more. I have a book of them, but I don't understand what a lot of them mean.
I'm getting back into studying now that I've got some more free time (and a new laptop & other study accessories... so no more procrastinating! ) if and when I come across some proverbs I'll put them up here for some help (and to give me a break)...I'm not that poetic (or smart) so help deciphering them would be appreciated.
StroppyChops wrote:Could this possibly be the equivalent of "where there's smoke, there's fire"?
That makes sense!
My very first reflex instinctive translation upon reading the proverb was that it meant 'After gossiping, someone gets tarnished with a bad reputation'. But StroppyChops & Joons are better.
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Re: People talk because there is good reason

Post by starkmonster » Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:14 pm

If you like sayings, go get this book. Hours of confusion for all the family:

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