Posted by HCD on February 19, 2001
In Reply to: To kill the snake and show the stick posted by R. Berg on February 18, 2001
: : : : In portuguese there is a saying that is: Matar a cobra e mostrar o pau, which in literal english would mean: To kill the snake and show the rod.I'd like to know if in english there is a corresponding saying and how it is written. Can somebody bring some light to this question?
: : : Maybe someone else can help but I dont understand what the phrase/proverb means.
: : : I googled your phrase in Portugese and came up with tons of hits to English-Portugese phrase translation sites.
: : : Talk about losing something in the translation!!
: : : Here are some more Portugese phrases that lose everything in the translation:
: : : Soltar a franga = To release the hen.
: : : Escreveu, nao leu, o pau comeu = Wrote, didn't read, the stick ate.
: : : Se der bolo eu tiro meu corpo fora. = If it gives cake I take my body out!
: : : Huh????????
: : Bruce Kahl: in portuguese to kill the snake and show the stick has the following meaning: to do something and show the proof that one has done something, i.e., the person has condition to prove that he really did something. OK, HCD
: Anyone can show a stick and SAY he killed a snake with it. A more convincing piece of evidence would be a dead snake. Is it possible that the proverb means to present evidence that is not proof?
In this case anyone who find a dead snake can show it as a proof that he killed him.