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Old July 01, 2011, 02:35 AM
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Holier than thou

Hi friends :

Up on my soapbox,a leader
Out to change the world
Down in my pulpit as the holier
Than-thou-could-be-messenger of god

I've heard this on a couple songs. I can translate as "Más sagrado que Vos " but it doesn't make a lot of sense in Spanish.

Does it have a special meaning ?

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Old July 01, 2011, 04:48 AM
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Than-thou-could-be-messenger of god

Does it have a special meaning ?
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Yes it does. The use of the 2nd person sing.(thee, thou ...) which has died out in most parts of the UK (except for Yorkshire) is the language of the King James bible. So it is a very specific reference to religious bigotry of those who preach and make the judgement that they are superior to those to whom they are preaching.
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I translate it as "más papista que el papa"
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I translate it as "más papista que el papa"
To be honest, it's not quite the same. Your expression means very Catholic. Without getting into religious issues, I find that "holier-than-thou" is far more often displayed by Protestant churches and missionaries. I'd better shut up here.
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To be honest, it's not quite the same. Your expression means very Catholic. Without getting into religious issues, I find that "holier-than-thou" is far more often displayed by Protestant churches and missionaries. I'd better shut up here.

Are you English, by any chance?


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Creerse el principio de la Creación (narcissistic high-strung self-righteousness)
dechado de perfección (superior morality -ironic-)
santurrón (hypocritical self-righteous)

En mi barrio lo llamarían "un ca**velas que tiene el c*** con rosca".
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Old July 02, 2011, 10:46 AM
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Are you English, by any chance?
Whatever gives you that idea?

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