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Posted: 5/10/2003 3:24:42 PM EDT
Need some schoolin, PM me if you know Latin, your help will be MUCH appreciated.


Link Posted: 5/10/2003 3:31:13 PM EDT
my father has the equivalent of a masters in Latin from the Sorbonne, I could get you in touch with him if you would like.
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 3:41:42 PM EDT
Is he a conservative?  I need someone who hates liberals.

Or anyone that will help me with some expressions.

To piss off some Libs.

Link Posted: 5/10/2003 3:47:17 PM EDT

I took 2 years of Latin in HS but "it's all greek to me "now.
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 4:00:56 PM EDT
I can't download that at work.  Thanks I appreciate it.
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 4:06:11 PM EDT
Is he a conservative?  I need someone who hates liberals.

Or anyone that will help me with some expressions.

To piss off some Libs.

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he's starting to turn around, he did get his pistol permit last year and was pretty pissed off at all the crap he had to go through. I'm working on him though, he'll be reading unintended consequences soon.
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 4:11:09 PM EDT

Illegitomos non carborundum [:D]

Link Posted: 5/10/2003 4:14:31 PM EDT
Wish I could help, but its been over 30 years...
About all I can remember is:
 Britannia est insulae
 sui sibi se se

There's a reason they call  it a dead language!
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 4:14:32 PM EDT
These sites only allow translating one word at a time - but do not require download. With some creative thinking, you can might close to a translation - or not.


Link Posted: 5/10/2003 4:16:39 PM EDT
That means, dont let the bastards wear you down, right?
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 4:18:33 PM EDT
That means, dont let the bastards wear you down, right?
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yes it does
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 4:32:50 PM EDT

Useful Phrases

So, you've suddenly found that you need to say a few choice words in Latin. Here are the phrases1, with handy English translations.

Nescio quid dicas  I don't know what you're talking about
Nemo hic adest illius nominis  There is no one here by that name
Ita erat quando hic adveni. It was that way when I got here
Nihil declaro  I have nothing to declare
Raptus regaliter Royally screwed
Ut si! As if!
Vescere bracis meis  Eat my shorts  
Re vera, potas bene Say, you sure are drinking a lot
Noli me vocate. Ego te vocabo. Don't call me. I'll call you.
Nihil curo de ista tua stulta superstitione I'm not interested in your dopey religious cult
Canis meus id comedit My dog ate it
Die dulci freure Have a nice day
Fac ut vivas Get a life
Fac me cocleario vomere! Gag me with a spoon!
Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem  Stand aside, little people! I am here on official business
Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabris, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam. I have a catapult. Give me all of your money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head.
Utinam barbari spatioum proprium tuum invadant May barbarians invade your personal space
Quo signo nata es? What's your sign?
Romani quidem artem amatoriam invenerunt... You know, the Romans invented the art of love...
Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure. I can't hear you. I have a banana in my ear.
Utinam coniurati te in foro interficiant May conspirators assasinate you in the hall
Magister mundi sum! I am the master of the universe!
Non sum pisces I am not a fish
Radix lecti Couch potato
Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari? How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?  
Unitam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy
Cogito ergo sum I think, therefore I am
Cogito ergo doleo I think, therefore I am depressed
Senito aliquos togatos contra me conspirare I think some people in togas are plotting against me
Vah! Denuone latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur.  Oh! Was I speaking Latin again? Silly me. Sometimes it just sort of slips out.  
Nihili est - in vita priore ego imperator romanus fui  That's nothing; in a previous life I was a Roman Emperor  
Aio, quantitas magna frumentorum est  Yes, that is a very large amount of corn  
Perscriptio in manibus tabellariorum est  The check is in the mail  
Non illigitamus carborundum  Don't let the bastards grind you down  
Nonne macescis?  Have you lost weight?
Minime senuisti!  You haven't aged a bit!
Id tibi praebet speciem lepidissimam!  It looks great on you!
Capillamentum? Haudquaquam conieci esse!  A wig? I never would have guessed!
Braccae tuae aperiuntur  Your fly is open
Subucula tua apparet  Your slip is showing
In dentibus anticis frustum magnum spiniciae habes  You have a big piece of spinach in your front teeth
Abutebaris modo subjunctivo  You've been misusing the subjunctive
Heus, hic nos omnes in agmine sunt!  Hey, we're all in line here!
Non, mihi ignosce, credo me insequentem esse  No, excuse me, I believe I'm next
Nonne de novo eboraco venis?  You're from New York, aren't you?

Bumper Stickers and Vanity Plates

Sona si latine loqueris  Honk if you speak Latin
Balaenae nobis conservandae sunt  Save the whales
Frena pro feris teneo  I brake for animals
Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscripti catapultas habebunt  When catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults
Sic hoc adfixum in obice legere potes, et liberaliter educatus et nimis propinquus ades  If you can read this bumper sticker, you are both very well educated, and much too close
Incitatus  Speed demon
Vagans  Cruising  
Litoralis  Beach bum
Mannus  Mustang  
Fractum  Jalopy  

Advanced Quotations

The following phrases are for those who can speak Latin while at the same time maintaining a cheesy accent. This is harder than you think. Despite all your best intentions to do a perfect rendition of Clint Eastwood from the film Dirty Harry, celebrity Latin accents invariably transform into something more akin to Manuel from Fawlty Towers.

Quid agis, medice?  What's up, Doc?
Dic mihi solum facta, domina  Just the facts, ma'am
Re vera, cara mea, mea nil refert  Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn
Farrago fatigans!  Thuffering thuccotash!  
Fac ut gaudeam  Make my day
Illius me paenitet, dux  Sorry about that, chief
Tuis pugis pignore!  You bet your bippy!
Diabolus fecit, ut id facerem!  The devil made me do it!
Osculare pultem meam!  Kiss my grits!
Credidi me felem vidisse!  I tought I taw a puddy tat!  
Si fallatis officium, quaestor infitias eat se quicquam scire de factis vestris  If you fail, the secretary will disavow all knowledge of your activities
Te capiam, cunicule sceleste!  I'll get you, you wascally wabbit!  
Conlige suspectos semper habitos  Round up the usual suspects
Certe, toto, sentio nos in kansate non iam adesse  You know, Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore
Me transmitte sursum, caledoni  Beam me up, Scotty

Names and Titles

Translations of the names of some famous bands and television shows.

Cimictus  The Beatles
Inlecebrae  The Temptations
Lapides provolventes The Rolling Stones
Ille quis The Who
Mortui grati The Grateful Dead
Simitatores  The Monkees
Pueri litoris The Beach Boys
Illi silices The Flintstones
Insula gilliganis Gilligan's Island
Zona crepusculi The Twilight Zone
Opus: quod fiere non potest Mission: Impossible
Dies felices Happy Days
Navis amoris The Love Boat
Iuvenes inquietesque The Young and the Restless
Pretium iustum est The Price is Right

1 Some of these phrases can be found in the excellent work Latin for Everyday Occasions: Lingua Latina Omnibus by Henry Beard.
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 4:36:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 4:59:21 PM EDT

I can't thank you enough.

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