Latin Quotes, Sayings, Tattoos, Phrases & Mottos

Most texts and materials on this site have to do with the Latin language, including its perception in popular culture: movies, tattoos, inscriptions, engravings, bits of ancient philosophy, online Latin resources and company names. There is also information about learning Latin and Greek: textbooks, dictionaries, DVDs and software that can be used in a homeschooling environment.


Toyota Prius goes plural and goes wrong?

 
Saturday, February 12, 2011, 13:53 - Bad Latin Quote Alerts, Latin Language
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Toyota has people voting on the plural form of Prius.

The options include prius, priuses, prii, prium and prien. Sic!, Sic! and Sic!

Oddly, the actual correct Latin masc. and fem. plural for prius - priores is not even in the running!

Shouldn't corporate hijacking of Latin grammar cause some sort of public outrage?

"Spartacus: Blood and Sand" - word of caution regarding the "Fugitivus" tattoo

 
Saturday, January 29, 2011, 12:11 - Latin Language, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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According to the makers of the Starz series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" they employ two historical consultants. Perhaps one of them should have noticed that the tattoo gracing the forehead of the gladiator named Kerza is quite anachronistic. "Fugitivus" is indeed a Latin word for "runaway". Sadly though, the distinction between V and U would have seemed very strange to Romans. The two letters that we all know and love were used in Ancient Rome interchangeably and were never distinguished.Using V for a consonant and U for a vowel is a practice that only began in earnest during Renaissance times. (Wikipedia cites 1386 as the first occurrence, in a Gothic alphabet). As a result the correct way of spelling Fugitivus on poor Kerza's bold forehead would have been FVGITIVVS or FUGITIUUS. Folks, be advised as you decide to adorn your own foreheads with this one-word movie quote!

Three words in Latin!

 
Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 14:45 - Latin Language
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Just a reminder, folks. Given the recent popularity of three word descriptions (threewords.me, anyone?), keep in mind that you can easily come up with Latin tripartite phrases, even if you don't know Latin:

Latin motto generator

By the way, in classical rhetorics three word descriptions are properly called hendiatris.

Good midwifery tip from Pliny

 
Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 12:18 - Jokes and anecdotes, Latin Translation, Medical Latin Terminology
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Ferunt difficiles partus statim solvi, cum quis tectum, in quo sit gravida, transmiserit lapide vel missili ex iis, qui III animalia singulis ictibus interfecerint, hominem, aprum, ursum.

It is said that labor complications are solved at once when a stone that has been used to kill three living souls at three blows: a human being, a boar and a bear, is thrown over the roof of the house where there is a pregnant woman.

(Natural History, 28.33)

Via: Cabinet of Roman Curiosities



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