Friday, August 12, 2005



A Latin teacher translates "Simul et dictum et factum" as "What is said and what is done are the same." Perhaps I'm mistaken, but that's not how I understand the Latin. I would translate it literally as "At the same time both said and done," or more idiomatically as "No sooner said than done." In his dictionary of Latin expressions and phrases Henerik Kocher gives Erasmus, Adagia 2.9.72, as the source. In Greek one would say ἅμ᾽ ἔπος, ἅμ᾽ ἔργον.

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