[PW] Searching for the source and the original language of a curse

GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido graceanneladyhawk at gmail.com
Wed Jan 5 07:54:26 PST 2022


I am so grateful. It does not answer my question, but you went at it with
full researcher's enthusiasm and care, and I appreciate it. Thank you so
much - grazie mille.
GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido, New York City
*Be excellent to each other -- the great Bill & Ted*


On Wed, Jan 5, 2022 at 10:43 AM Bristol Library <bplref at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi, GraceAnne,
> No joy, I'm afraid.  I did contact a scorpion researcher who did some
> asking and did not find anyone who knew of this curse.  Here is his reply:
>
> *Happy New Year!*
>
>
>
> *I have asked a couple of experiences scorpion researchers and also the
> members of the largest scorpion groups on Facebook and I have not been able
> to find anyone who have heard about this curse. One scorpion enthusiast
> cited a similar one: " "may the fleas of a thousand camels infest your
> scrotum", but hadn't heard a version with scorpions.*
>
>
>
> *So I'm sorry to say that I'm not able to help you any further.*
>
>
>
> *Best wishes*
>
>
>
> *Jan Ove*
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> Jan Ove Rein, M.Sc. (zoology)
>
> Senior Research Librarian (medicine)
>
> Medicine and Health Library, NTNU UB
>
> Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU)
>
> Kunnskapssenteret, St. Olavs Hospital HF
>
> N-7006 Trondheim
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> Norway Phone + 47 72 57 66 89
>
> E-mail jan.rein at ub.ntnu.no
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> http://www.ub.ntnu.no/scorpion-files/  (The Scorpion Files)
>
> http://scorpion-files.blogspot.com/ (The Scorpion Files Newsblog)
>
> On Sun, Dec 19, 2021 at 10:48 AM GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido <
> graceanneladyhawk at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > My grandmother noted a curse from her Abruzzese youth to the effect of
> "May
> > he find scorpions in his bed." When I was older, I was told it was more
> > like "May he find scorpions in his scrotum."
> > I have done no searching on this, I wouldn't know where to begin. But I
> > would love to know the source (it may also be Arabic, or dialect) and the
> > original language.
> > What prompted this search, and my request to you, is Joe Manchin.
> > GraceAnne
> > in New York City
> > *a word after a word after a word is power*
> > -Margaret Atwood
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