Green Horses

June 20, 2013 @ MoC

The very popular Greek idiom “Prasina (green) aloga (horses)” stems from the ancient Greek phrase “Pratin (acting) aloga (irrationaly). It is said for things insane or inexistent and for excuses that stand no ground and/or for promises difficult to keep. It was also used during the Turkish rule (mid17th century) when the doctor P. Nikousios Mamonas from the island of Chios was given the nickname “green horse” for according to the saying finding a green horse and meeting a sane person from Chios island was equally impossible! In other sayings green implies things difficult to find and/or inexistent, like “he send him bring some green chaviar”. 

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