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The ultimate Latin ringtone!

 
Sunday, May 4, 2008, 14:54 - Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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This is the actual ringtone (a preview thereof, to be precise) that I use on my smartphone. I created it myself, having completely abandoned all reservations that are usually quite justly associated with the lack of talent, required to compose music... It works for me surprisingly well, because it starts very softly, than a little celestial ringing is added, and finally the music sounds loud and clear. Consequently, the ringing phone does not startle anyone, but rather gradually arises de profundis.



The title of this piece is "Fato Profugus", which is Latin for "driven by fate", the phrase found in the first lines of the Aeneid. So, in a sense, this is the ultimate Latin ringtone :)

'I only speak Latin' T-shirts

 
Monday, April 21, 2008, 19:03 - Learn Latin Language, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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Amazon sells T-shirts that say precisely this:

Please understand...
I only speak Latin!

Now, shouldn't this phrase also be in Latin? Just wondering...


David Beckham's new tattoo. A Latin phrase, of course!

 
This just in! The international soccer sensation and tattoo icon David Beckham added a new Latin phrase to his repertoire: De integro. "Telegraph" translates "De Integro" as "Again from the start". Fair enough. What's more interesting, the footballer's lovely wife Victoria followed suit with the exact copy of her husband's new motto.

The phrase is also reminiscent of Eclogue 4:

magnus ab integro saeclorum nascitur ordo.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jh ... ham118.xml

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Beckham's tattoo

Fidelity of the people of Cornwall

 
An inscription on a sun-dial at the church porch of St. Levan, Cornwall:

SlCUT UMBRA TRANSEUNT DIES. As the shadow pass the days.

The church is rich in old oak, and also
possesses a fragmentary copy of the letter of thanks
written by King Charles I. to his people of Cornwall
for their fidelity, dated from his camp at Sudeley Castle,
1643, and ordered to be printed, published, and
read in every church or chapel in Cornwall, and to be
kept for ever as a record of their king's gratitude.

(From The Book of Sun-dials)

I like how the letter thanking the people of Cornwall for their fidelity was ordered to be read. Surely, many were punished for not properly heeding its warm tone, or worse, not attending the special gathering of loyal subjects. And if they somehow forget about the King's gratitude, the letter should conveniently remind them of it.


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