Latin Quotes, Sayings, Tattoos, Phrases & Mottos

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E pluribus Unum Controversy

 
Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 18:08 - Best Latin Quotes, Words of Wisdom, Proverbs and Sayings, Latin Translation
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E Pluribus Unum
One out of many

I learned about this story not too long ago:

"On a special Valentine's Day celebrity edition of the show, which aired three days before the actual Valentine's day, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen reached the 1,000,000 question, which was "Translated from the Latin, what is the official motto of the United States?" The Bowens chose answer A, "In God We Trust," but the correct answer was actually answer B, "One Out of Many," which is the English translation for the Latin E pluribus Unum. Because they answered the 1,000,000 question incorrectly, they lost 468,000. However, the question turned out to be ambiguous, as "In God We Trust" is the legal motto for the United States; the phrase is found on many American monetary coins. Because of this, they were invited back to play again, reinstating their previously-lost 468,000 to bring them back up to 500,000. The contestants decided not to risk it this time and left with the 500,000. The first million pound question was never aired, but the second million pound question was."

(From Wikipedia's article on the UK version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire)

The interesting thing here is that the knowledge of the actual Latin phrase "E pluribus unum" was not required of the contestants! It suffices to know that a certain phrases is translated a certain way. It goes to say that whenever Classical education looses popularity the decline in game show intelligence is soon to follow


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Greek Alphabet Memory game

 
Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 20:36 - Ancient Greek Language, Software
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Just made another Flash learning app, a Greek alphabet memory game:

Greek Alphabet Memory Game

I used Gentium as an embedded font, looks a lot more recognizable, or so it seems.
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The Lost Symbol's ISBN unlocked!

 
Monday, September 14, 2009, 16:00 - Unsolved Mysteries and Myths
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To all numerological nuts out there, this is not to be missed:

The Lost Symbol - Decoding the ISBN (0385504225). From Solomon Key to Jupiter Square!


This adds new meaning to the words of NY Times:
"Mr Brown's splendid ability to concoct 64-square grids outweighs what might otherwise be authorial shortcomings."

Apparently, not only 64-square grids...

Niermeyer, Medieval Latin Lexicon

 
Friday, March 13, 2009, 22:46 - Books, dictionaries and texts, Church (Christian, Ecclesiastical etc.) Latin
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It appears that the great and authoritative Niermeyer's Medieval Latin Lexicon is freely available at archive.org! It is labeled as "open source". Could it be that it is not copyrighted anymore?

Niermeyer's Medieval Latin Lexicon

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