I think the connection is that owls are connected to the goddess Athena, the namesake of the city Athens.
German Wikipedia has an article on the saying: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eulen_nach_Athen_tragen
It suggests that another origin might be the owls on the coins of the day; you didn't need to carry coins into Athens since it was one of the richest cities already.
That is fascinating Miz thank you. Now we learn Greek mythology through Duo. Just found this: The owl was a symbol for Athena, goddess of wisdom and strategy, before the Greeks gave their pantheon human forms. According to myth, an owl sat on Athena's blind side, so that she could see the whole truth. In Ancient Greece, the owl was a symbol of a higher wisdom, and it was also a guardian of the Acropolis.
I am going to get my finger bitten off at the Berlin Zoo because of you lot! Just trying to correct your grammar, hud214. You are not exactly the best role model for English grammar. Or maybe you believe you are? At least you are starting a new post. The Berlin zoo is brilliant, just don’t go there in the winter because all the animals are in bed
You got me thinkin' 'bout being a better rolemodel. Here's some info on "gonna": Definition of gonna —used for "going to" in informal speech and in representations of such speech "It's not gonna be easy.""They're gonna get married in July.""I felt like something bad was gonna happen."
I think you are actually a clever role model hud214 for the reason that you are making us think. I think you ‘dig’ the Dixie Cups! “Going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married, going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married.....going to the chapel of love”. Note that ‘gonna’ means ‘intending to’ while ‘going to’ means physically going to, at least in this song. But it is slang, you have to admit. And your previous post was so full of English dialect “id’en it”, you must be a cockney? And of course they should have ‘learned’ you better in school!
Nope, American! Don't learn better in school because they don't cover "id'en it" Most Americans look at you crossedeyed when you strike up a conversation about "id'en it". I don't think most think about saying it. It's just variation of "isn't it". Not exactly slang in my estimation. One would write "isn't it" and say "id'en it" if one's so inclined. "id'en it" is one of a series of tags: id'en it, wud'en it, haden 'it, augthen it. You'll excuse the spelling. I challenge you to find information on them or the "correct" spelling. In England, Yorkshire at least, they say "id'en tit". A very close cousin. Lastly when one is leaving a ironic comment like "I'm gonna get my finger bit off at the Berlin Zoo because you lot!" the vernacular is quite fitting.
Footnotes: Here's Peter using "id'en it" on Family Guy (Charlie Sheen also uses it on "Two & a Half Men) & a little Yorkie cutie using "id'en tit": (2:10) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieLlPq1P3RU (1:30) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB3ieNhEsDY
hud, I did of course notice your lack of capitaliSation, but I decided not too be too much of a nag and I regard it as a victory that you can string a sentence together without totally maiming the English language with your wud’ens and id’ens. Have fun learning German, the poor Germans don’t know yet what will hit them when you get hold of their language!