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  1. MOgnaraj
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    the discreption is this--->people want to make the point that all wrongdoing and selfishness in the world can be traced to an excessive attachment to wealth

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    Re: REPLY TO THIS IDIOM(i want to know the idiom)

    Quote Originally Posted by MOgnaraj View Post
    the discreption is this--->people want to make the point that all wrongdoing and selfishness in the world can be traced to an excessive attachment to wealth
    What you're looking for is money is the root of all evil, which is a mistranslation of the much earlier and more thought-provoking observation: Radix malorum est cupiditas (The root of evil things is greed).

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    Well, the original was actually in Greek, not Latin, and more accurately translates as: "The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil" or "...of all evils" (1 Timothy 6:10). 1 Timothy must have been written around 100 AD or so.

    The Latin version is a slight mistranslation of the Biblical phrase, and crops up in the Prologue to the Pardoner's Tale in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, written in the 14th century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss View Post
    Well, the original was actually in Greek, not Latin, and more accurately translates as: "The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil" or "...of all evils" (1 Timothy 6:10). 1 Timothy must have been written around 100 AD or so.

    The Latin version is a slight mistranslation of the Biblical phrase, and crops up in the Prologue to the Pardoner's Tale in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, written in the 14th century.
    That was my source - I might have known St Paul got there first

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