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"The venom is in the tail"


"As the venom of the scorpion is contained in its tail, the Romans drew from this circumstance the proverb In cauda venenum, that they applied to the last part of a letter, of a speech, beginning to an inoffensive tone, but to show then more mischievousness".

Larousse Dictionnary, Latin quotes.


Note  : no matter what the vulgar one can think, “the venom is in the tail” should not be confused with “the poison comes from the gonades”, word allotted to General Custer by Arthur Penn in Little Big Man.


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