Piove sempre sul bagnato

Piove sempre sul bagnato in Italian

Piove sempre sul bagnato
It never rains but it pours

Literal translationIt always rains on what is wet
MeaningBad things happen to those who are already in trouble, or the rich get richer while the poor get poorer
IPA pronunciation/ˈpjɔːve ˈsɛmpre sul baɲˈɲaːto/

Where does this come from? If you already have enough of something, but you still get more, then what you get in excess is basically useless, just like water on an already wet field is. The people who could benefit from it will get nothing.

This proverb comes from a quote by the Italian poet Giovanni Pascoli who once wrote: Piove sul bagnato: lagrime su sangue, sangue su lagrime. Lagrime is an old way of slepping lacrime, tears, while sangue is the translation for blood.

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For example, you can say…

Chi è povero diventa ancora più povero. Piove sempre sul bagnato.
The poor always get poorer. It never rains, but it pours.


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