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
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