Catalan Idioms: Això fa pudor de socarrim!

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“Because we are convinced that culture can cross borders, this site is created for those of you who want to understand better our culture and language”

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On a special week dedicated to the devil and to witches, when it is just a week to Halloween and with so many fairs, festivities and events planned all over Catalunya, we couldn’t have found a better idiom than “Això fa pudor de socarrim!”, that could be literally translated as “this smells like singeing”, although there is an idiom with the same meaning also in English.

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Can you guess its meaning?

The origin of this sentence can be found during the great witches hunt, (fifteenth – seventeenth century) when 110.000 people where processed all over Europe, accused of witchcraft. Many of the processed people end up on a bonfire, where the supposed witches where burned.

The meaning, that something will end up badly, mistrust or suspicion that there could be something hidden; comes from the idea that, as the people (women, in the 90 per cent of the occasions) that were accused of witchcraft, it is easy to predict that the issue that we are dealing with will end up not as good as expected. In English, we can use the idiom “There is trouble brewing!” to say that we are afraid that something bad will happen.

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So, do you have any business smelling like singeing”? Be careful, don’t burn yourself!

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