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August 24, 2006

Latin Phrases I

Ages ago, I posted a limerick with a Latin punchline:

A nervous young lawyer named Rex,
Was sadly deficient in sex.
When arraigned for exposure,
He said with composure:
"De minimis non curat lex."

and asked for translations. Nobody came forward but I did get an email asking me for the answer. Well a quick google provides: "The law does not concern itself with trifles."

Anyway, I figured it was time to consolidate the Latin already raised on the blog and add some more useful phrases to your vocab. After all, one day you could find yourself in ancient rome standing in a line at McDonalds and then starving because you couldn't remember to say "Da mihi sis bubulae frustrum assae, solana tuberosa in modo gallico fricta, ac quassum lactatum coagulatum crassum" (Give me a hamburger, french fries, and a thick shake).

Antiquis temporibus, nati tibi similes in rupibus ventosissimis exponebantur ad necem.
In the good old days, children like you were left to perish on windswept crags.

Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.
If Caesar were alive, you'd be chained to an oar.

Credo nos in fluctu eodem esse.
I think we're on the same wavelength.

Cuius testiculos habes, habeas cardia et cerebellum
How to get the full attention of a male

Di! Ecce hora! Uxor mea me necabit!
God, look at the time! My wife will kill me!

En Loco Parentis
Me father's a train driver (Actually - in place of a parent)

Mortis portalis tackulatum
Dead as a doornail

Ne auderis delere orbem rigidum meum!
Don't delete my hard disk!

Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat.
It's not the heat, it's the humidity.

Nullus Anxietas
No worries

Purgamentum init, exit purgamentum.
Garbage in, garbage out.

Sentio aliquos togatos contra me conspirare.
I think some people in togas are plotting against me.

Sodomy non sapiens
Buggered if I know

Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure.
I can't hear you. I have a banana in my ear.

Posted by Ozguru at August 24, 2006 12:00 PM