Megghiu rariti a vestiri chi a mangiari | Sicilian Sayings
Once again we are back to talk about Sicilian proverbs, those which once provided rules of life for getting through the day! An ancient folk wisdom whose most folkloristic aspect has certainly been preserved. Many remain relevant, but many other proverbs have lost some of their relevance. If you want to suggest our next Sicilian Saying, feel free to drop us an email or leave a comment!
Megghiu rariti a vestiri chi a mangiari!
“Better to give you to dress, than to eat.”
Today we want to tell you about an expression that is very common and famous among Sicilians is: Megghiu rariti a vestiri chi a mangiari! To understand this idiom, we need to start from the translation, which literally would be “Better to give you to dress, than to eat.” Simply put, “Rather than give you food, I would rather buy you clothes.”
This saying, relates back to good Sicilian cuisine, ironically referring to the person who, sitting at the table, eats with really good taste. So, ironically of course, it would be cheaper to buy clothes for this person than to invite him or her to lunch or dinner!