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.


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.

Index Librorum Prohibitorum

 
Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 17:31 - Books, dictionaries and texts, World History: Ancient, Medieval & Modern, Jokes and anecdotes
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I found Index Librorum Prohibitorum at a bookstore a few weeks ago. Not very old and quite moderately priced. Still, I resisted buying it, having wisely determined that these editions must be plentifully represented online. And here it is:

http://books.google.com/books?id=xuECAAAAQAAJ

Really, weren't these Indices the first bestseller lists?

Philip Pullman's book titles

 
Friday, February 8, 2008, 11:54 - Books, dictionaries and texts, Jokes and anecdotes
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The Amber Spyglass
The Golden Compass
The Subtle Knife...


"The Subtle Knife"??? Am I the only one who finds this title hilarious? I could not resist coming up with a few good and solid book titles for Mr. Pullman:

"The Indignant Crayon"
"The Voracious Chronometer"
"The Pliant Inkwell"
"The Learned Kettle"
"The Knotted Street Map"
"The Capricious Thermos"
"The Flamboyant Screwdriver"

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