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what does this mean?

"Un main que tu ne peux pas couper. Baise-la, et mets-la sur ta tête."
Seen on a gardening forum as advice to someone wanting to get rid of nettles and ronces.
It's supposed to be a Turkish proverb.

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Sacré bleu, Patf! That's a weird one...

It looks like a slight misquote: I can only find it as "Baise la main que tu ne peux couper." No mention of putting it on your head!

As you probably already found out, it's from a 10C Persian poet called Abu Shakour - and seems quite well-known in France, but I don't see anything about it in English.

And how could it possibly be applied to nettles and brambles?!
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Don't put it in Google Translate!

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

H. L. Mencken 1880 - 1956

Some may not like his views, but what a prediction!
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And how could it possibly be applied to nettles and brambles?
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I wonder if, in the context mentioned, it could mean that both those plants are so difficult to eradicate, you might as well love them for - respectively - usefulness as a fertiliser, and provider of delicious blackberries?
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If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!
Too thick for a PhD!
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Yes it's a puzzle. I should have added that the OP asked which herbicide would kill them.
So maybe it means something like "don't treat something/someone who is a problem too harshly. Better to try to correct a little at a time." Herbicides etc are frowned on , on that forum.
I didn't know that the Turcs spoke french. Maybe the Persians did.
Here's the link:
https://www.rustica.fr/forum-jardinage/orties-ronces-t18482.html

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Yes, I think Persians did use French a lot. Certainly the Persian girls at my school in the 1960s spoke fluent French (very dispiriting for the rest of us in the A-level French class!

The French sites I have seen seem to vary in interpretation. Some, as WB suggests above, and some give a notion of hypocrisy mixed in there.
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Big Smile [:D]

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Never heard such a comment being made ...... find difficult to understand the meaning of it too .....
Les voyages forment la jeunesse
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