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.


Obama amabo - An amusing wordplay

 
Friday, July 25, 2008, 13:29 - Jokes and anecdotes
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OBAMA AMABO



For the uninitiated, "amabo" means "I shall love" in Latin. And Obama means... Actually, I don't know what that means. And it's not my point here at all :)

A few weeks ago my professor showed to me this palindrome. At first I thought that an attempt should have been made to put Obama in the Accusative (pretty simple - Obamam), but this would have destroyed the palindrome. On the other hand, this name could very easily be taken to be indeclinable, because it's foreign and all that... Since then, the candidate has enraged the general public and, I must assume, enthralled Latinists with the whole vero possumus business. I won't make any comments on that, my purpose here is merely to report the technopaegnia.

The Rape of Sabine Women ("Sobbin' Women") -- Popular Culture Rendition of the Myth

 
Thursday, May 1, 2008, 13:44 - Fine Arts, Jokes and anecdotes, World History: Ancient, Medieval & Modern
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Tell ya 'bout them sobbin' women
Who lived in the Roman days.
It seems that they all went swimmin'
While their men was off to graze.
Well, a Roman troop was ridin' by
And saw them in their "me oh my",
So they took 'em all back home to dry.
Least that's what Plutarch says.
Oh yes!


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The movie is "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954)




Confessions of a webmaster

 
Friday, February 15, 2008, 03:52 - Jokes and anecdotes
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Reading logs is like looking into people's minds. Sometimes it can be frightening, sometimes it is just funny. Yesterday someone searched Google for this: 'gen es se qua'. What does it mean? You got it: 'Je ne sais quoi'.

Idea for an engraved luggage tag

 
Thursday, February 14, 2008, 21:06 - Jokes and anecdotes, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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After hearing a few luggage related horror stories from people who had to return home during a recent storm, changing planes and arriving at otherwise undesirable destinations only to find out that their belongings did not make to anywhere near where they were supposed to be going, I got an idea for a luggage tag that would instill respect in all baggage-handlers:

Nemo me impune perdit! Nobody looses me unpunished!

This is, of course, inspired by the Scottish (among other adopters) motto:

Nemo me impune lacessit. Nobody provokes (harasses, challenges, attacks etc.) me unpunished.

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