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      • Latin phrases
        10/31/07
        I started working on a page of Latin mottos, phrases and quotations in popular use. After correcting a ton of errors many still remain, I am sure. I will keep adding more phrases there. Fortunately, I have a lot of sources for this kind of thing.

        http://www.inrebus.com/latinphrases_a.php

      • Per aspera ad astra
        10/31/07
        Per aspera ad astra (sometimes 'per ardua ad astra' etc.) - Through hardships to the stars. I wonder how this motto has been overlooked by UFO enthusiasts. Really, what possible use would anyone prior to the 20th century have for a phrase so vividly referring to space exploration? Did Virg

      • More Latin Witchcraft - a Latin magic spell (funny stuff)
        10/29/07
        I saw this amusing snippet of "Latin" in a few places online:

        Imperiequeritis, tria pendent corpora ramis dis meus et gestas in media et divina potestas dimeas clanator sed jetas as astra levarut.

        This phrase is actually a magic spell, supposed to alleviate pain and s

      • Lex non favet delicatorum votis
        10/26/07
        That's right. The law does not favor the wishes of the dainty.
        Due to the unusually high interest to this maxim, I will provide a little extra explanation from E.H. Jackson's "Law Latin":

        Lex non favet delicatorum votis

        An action does not lie because of

      • Harvard's motto and the limits of knowledge
        10/25/07


        The truth (don't know what to say about the status of the pun here) lies in the fact that originally the third book was actually facing the other way. The A in TAS therefore appeared on the spine of the book. This design was supposed to represent the belief that truth is never known

      • Witchcraft and Latin
        10/24/07

      • Rosetta Stone Latin - a software review
        10/23/07


        This post is going to be a fairly long one, since I have always been fascinated with new ways of language learning, and Rosetta Stone truly is something special. I am expanding a review that I had written previously.

        The challenge

        If someone wanted to come up with a

      • "A room without books is like a body without a soul"
        10/22/07
        Found a true treasure trove of pseudo-Cicero-inspired merchandise:

        http://www.cafepress.com/fsotherstuff/823969

        Once again, Cicero is not directly responsible for this quote.

        The fact is that the saying itself is not that bad. It's just sad that we cannot attrib

      • Cicero on books
        10/21/07
        At one time Amazon.com used to include refrigerator magnets in shipments to customers, bearing a quote attributed to Cicero: A room without books is like a body without a soul. Coffee mugs, bookmarks, cards and other items with this quote also reportedly exist. Occasionally, this adage is attribute

      • Latin on TV?
        10/20/07
        1. I greatly enjoyed HBO's Rome.

        2. Out of all different language learning courses I am most fond of "French in Action".

        3. Apply the content of 1 and the principles of 2 and you will get one absolutely awesome TV course.

        4. Too bad, that this will nev

      • Computer vocabulary
        10/19/07
        A compilation of some Latin renditions for some computer terms. The source is unknown to me, but I will keep it as a reference.

        http://www.obta.uw.edu.pl/~draco/docs/voccomp.html

      • A legal loophole?
        10/19/07
        Here is a legal maxim:

        Qui peccat ebrius, luat sobrius - He who does wrong when drunk must be punished when sober. (http://www.inrebus.com/legalmaxims_q.php)

        Does this mean that someone upon committing a crime (DUI even?) can escape the terrible blow of justice being administer

      • Chinon Parchment to be published?
        10/18/07
        It appears as if the Vatican wants to publish the Chinon Parchment at about $8K a copy. Sadly, this is out of my price range. I am guessing, it's for collectors only.

        http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7044741.stm

      • Latin word of the day -- RSS feed
        10/17/07
        Added RSS feed to Latin word of the day:

        http://www.inrebus.com/latinwordoftheday.php

        There is also a little JavaScript snippet that allows one to paste the feed without using a reader.

      • Latin Word of the Day
        10/16/07
        Added Latin Word of the Day. This should probably be turned into an RSS feed, but I just don't quite feel like dealing with it now.

        http://www.inrebus.com/latinwordoftheday.php

      • New pattern for the Latin Motto Generator
        10/12/07
        Added another pattern to the Latin Motto Generator:

        http://www.inrebus.com/latinmottogenerator.php

        There are a few other patterns I am considering, but it is difficult to create something that would work with a lot of different words while staying in the realm of plausible mean

      • Law maxims
        10/11/07
        Added a list of Latin legal maxims. Still working on it, but it's already a pretty good looking collection. The ability of Latin to state the obvious with force and conviction is unmatched. Horace knew it well :)

        http://www.inrebus.com/legalmaxims_a.php

      • Vindolanda Tablets
        10/06/07


        If this joke must be explained, too bad!
        The real Vindolanda tablets, an amazing collection of Roman writings can be found here:

        http://vindolanda.csad.ox.ac.uk/

      • Lorem Ipsum
        10/04/07
        As it seems, a lot of people coming to this page are interested in the Latin Motto Generator, but what they really want is a Lorem Ipsum generator! I had to make one: