Persianisms

Selects from a series of Persian sayings illustrated over Qajar dynasty photographs. I was a bit tickled by the literal translations of these sayings from Farsi to English.

 
Sibeeleh Chagh Literal Translation: Fat Mustache Figurative Translation: A person who is prospering.  

Sibeeleh Chagh

Literal Translation: Fat Mustache

Figurative Translation: A person who is prospering.

 

Khoda va Khorma Literal Translation: God and dates (fruit).  Figurative Translation: You can't have your cake and eat it too.

Khoda va Khorma

Literal Translation: God and dates (fruit). 

Figurative Translation: You can't have your cake and eat it too.