árinni kennir illur ræðari

IcelandicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From árinni(the oar) the dative definite article of ár(oar) + kennir(someone ascribes, someone blames) a form of kenna(to ascribe, to blame) + illur(bad) + ræðari(a rower); meaning "a bad rower blames his oar", or "a bad rower ascribes his rowing to the oar".

ProverbEdit

árinni kennir illur ræðari

  1. a bad workman always blames his tools, a poor workman blames his tools