Turkish proverbs

My apologies for the rudeness of this particularly colorful proverb, but I just had to share it. You see, I was chatting recently with someone about how willing, even eager, people are to go still deeper into debt, so long as it means they can keep up with the latest expensive gadgets and games, the popular gizmos, the chance to text a friend sitting across from you while watching a music video and downloading a movie at the same time.

I was reminded of this pricey addiction to our high tech yet even more highly superficial wonderland–why save up money to travel around the world when you can more quickly and conveniently view trimmed and trilling snippets of it on YouTube?–when I came across this proverb today:

Ayranı yok içmeye, atla gider sıçmaya.

“He has no yogurt to drink, yet he uses a horse to go take a shit.”

In other words, he hasn’t got a penny to his name, yet he still tries to show off.

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