Revenons à nos moutons

Revenons à nos moutons, which can literally be translated by “let’s go back to our sheeps”, means “let’s get back to the subject”. The expression dates back to the 15th century and the French play La Farce de maître Pathelin. In the play, maître Pathelin, a local village lawyer, presents two cases to a judge. The first one is about stolen sheeps, the second about stolen clothes. While arguing about the stolen sheeps, he deliberately brings up the clothes case to confuse the judge. The judge, who tries to get back to the first case, keeps saying “mais revenons à nos moutons”. This is how the expression originated. 

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