'Crocodile Tears' 2/2011

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Comments (167)

Tomros on February 8, 2012

Hello Zaman,

Simple and wonderful! How this phrase came into the language is still a mystery to me! ;-)

Like 13.

Greetings, Tomas from Toronto

F. Zaman on February 11, 2012

my dear Tom,I know that you know it !! But still for fun sake ,I repeat,Crocodile tears

To weep crocodile tears is to put on an insincere show of sorrow.

The allusion is to the ancient notion that crocodiles weep while devouring their prey. Crocodiles do indeed have lachrymal glands and produce tears to lubricate the eyes as humans do !! They don't cry with emotion though!!

The myth appeared in print in The Voyage and Travail of Sir John Maundeville, circa 1400:

"In that contre ... ben gret plentee of Cokadrilles ... Theise Serpentes slen men, and thei eten hem wepynge." (In that country - there are many crocodiles - These serpents slay men, and then, weeping, eat them)

All of the very early citations refer directly to the myth of crocodiles weeping. It isn't until the 16th century that we find 'crocodile tears' used with our current meaning. Edmund Grindal, Archbishop of York and of Canterbury was the first to use the phrase with the implication of insincerity, in 1563, (re-published in Strype's Life of Grindal, 1711):

"I begin to fear, lest his humility ... be a counterfeit humility, and his tears crocodile tears."

▓ ☻ galloelprimo ☻ ▓ on February 14, 2012

Excelente foto, me encanta!! que detalle!! like 14

AJ30 on February 15, 2012

Ohh, what a nice close up. :) I like it.

F. Zaman on February 15, 2012

▓ ☻ galloelprimo ☻ ▓,thank you

F. Zaman on February 15, 2012

aj30,,thank you for visit

Yosarsif مهدی کلهر on March 20, 2012


F. Zaman on March 21, 2012

مهدی کلهر,thank you

老赵行摄 on March 21, 2012

Very nice shot! Like

Best wishes

Buts Yuri on March 23, 2012

Interesting and beautiful! Like 18! Best wishes! Greetings from Ukraine! Yuri.

F. Zaman on March 28, 2012


F. Zaman on March 28, 2012

老赵行摄,thank you very much

F. Zaman on March 28, 2012

Yuri,thank you for kind visit

F. Zaman on March 28, 2012

Pisces13,thank you

Dear friend, this picture is marvelous, and of course i Like it!!!!

Greetings and best wishes, from Greece-Piraeus.


João Paulo Coutinho on April 1, 2012

Excelente foto.LIKE

F. Zaman on April 1, 2012

NIKOS1954,thank you

F. Zaman on April 1, 2012

João Paulo Coutinho,thank you

&ri.co on April 10, 2012

well done!!! very nice shot!!! like

F. Zaman on April 10, 2012


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Photo taken in Don Kruai, Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi 70130, Thailand

Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 27, 2011
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    by F. Zaman
    • Camera: Canon EOS 1000D
    • Taken on 2011/02/17 10:57:54
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 100.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash