Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Italian proverbs: Bacco, tabacco e Venere

I like this one: Bacco, tabacco e Venere, riducono l'uomo in cenere. I like both the amusing rhymes and the accuracy.

Literally: Bacchus (wine, booze), tobacco and Venus (eros, sex) turn man to ash.

Actually, even one of these alone can turn you to ash, if taken too far. This is the case with former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who has just resigned and who is now, if not ash, at least toast.

In the photo, a statue of Eliot's nemesis from a Naples Museum.