Jouer les Cassandre

Jouer les Cassandre : To play at being a Cassandra:

Qui joue les Cassandre prophétise des malheurs en n’étant jamais cru, ni même écouté : Those who play at being a Cassandra prophesy bad things without ever being believed, or even listened to.

“Les oisillons, las de l’entendre,
Se mirent à jaser aussi confusément
Que faisaient les Troyens quand la pauvre Cassandre
Ouvrait las bouche seulement.” :

“The young birds, tired of listening,
Started chattering as unconcernedly
As did the Trojans when poor Cassandra
Just opened her mouth.”

La Fontaine : ‘L’Hirondelle et les petits Oiseaux’ : Fables (1668).

Taken from ‘Pourquoi dit-on 2012’ by Delphine Gaston.

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