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duabus sellis sedeo

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Etymology

From duābus (on two) the ablative singular 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

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

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