duabus sellis sedeo

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Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From duābus (on two) the ablative plural of duo (two) + sellīs (on stools) the ablative plural of sella (a stool, a seat) + sedeō (I sit). Literally meaning "I sit on two stools". Compare the Icelandic bera kápuna á báðum öxlum (to carry the coat on both shoulders).

Proverb[edit]

duābus sellīs sedeō

  1. to fall between two stools, keep in with both parties, to sit in two saddles, to sit in two stools, to wear two hats