[Lexicog] "lamb" as a metaphor

Katerina Stathi katerina_stathi at YAHOO.COM
Mon May 10 14:13:08 UTC 2004


Modern Greek again: This metaphor is not used to refer to the taming of animals. It is only associated with the characterization of people, although I cannot exclude its occurrence with animals in quite facetious contexts.

In my last e-mail I forgot to add that the religious uses are covered by a different word with the meaning 'lamb', namely /amn�s/ which is the word used in Ancient Greek and in the Bible.

Ekaterini Stathi


Fritz Goerling <Fritz_Goerling at sil.org> wrote:
What is associated with the image "lamb" when predicated of a person
in your language (not only English?
I can only think of "pious as a lamb" (lammfromm) in German.
To my knowledge in English you can say "as innocent as a lamb"
or "as docile/quiet/obedient as a lamb". And it can be
used with reference to someone who you are fond of and who
is gentle and lovable.

Fritz Goerling





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