Pithy latin sayings

Pithy latin sayings

This is a discussion on Pithy latin sayings within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; With all of the Latin and Greek taglines, I thought I'd post a few I found on the net. Enjoy,. Sorry about the lack of ...

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    Pithy latin sayings

    With all of the Latin and Greek taglines, I thought I'd post a few I found on the net. Enjoy,. Sorry about the lack of a 'TAB' key, but separating the saying from the translation is not really that tough.

    "So, you've suddenly found that you need to say a few choice words in Latin. Here are the phrases1, with handy English translations.

    Nescio quid dicas - I don't know what you're talking about
    Nemo hic adest illius nominis - There is no one here by that name
    Ita erat quando hic adveni. - It was that way when I got here
    Nihil declarandum - I have nothing to declare
    Raptus regaliter - Royally screwed
    Ut si! - As if!
    Vescere bracis meis - Eat my shorts
    Re vera, potas bene - Say, you sure are drinking a lot
    Noli me vocare. Ego te vocabo. - Don't call me. I'll call you.
    Nihil curo de ista tua stulta superstitione - I'm not interested in your dopey religious cult
    Canis meus id comedit - My dog ate it
    Die dulci freure - Have a nice day
    Fac ut vivas - Get a life
    Fac me cocleario vomere! - Gag me with a spoon!
    Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem - Stand aside, little people! I am here on official business
    Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabris, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam. - I have a catapult. Unless you give me all of your money, I will fling an enormous rock at your head.
    Utinam barbari spatioum proprium tuum invadant - May barbarians invade your personal space
    Quo signo nata es? - What's your sign?
    Romani quidem artem amatoriam invenerunt... - You know, the Romans invented the art of love...
    Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure. - I can't hear you. I have a banana in my ear.
    Utinam coniurati te in foro interficiant - May conspirators assasinate you in the hall
    Magister mundi sum! - I am the master of the universe!
    Non sum pisces - I am not a fish
    Radix lecti - Couch potato
    Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari? - How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
    Unitam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant - May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy
    Cogito ergo sum - I think, therefore I am
    Cogito ergo doleo - I think, therefore I am depressed
    Senito aliquos togatos contra me conspirare - I think some people in togas are plotting against me
    Vah! Denuone latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur. - Oh! Was I speaking Latin again? Silly me. Sometimes it just sort of slips out.
    Nihili est - in vita priore ego imperator romanus fui - That's nothing; in a previous life I was a Roman Emperor
    Aio, quantitas magna frumentorum est - Yes, that is a very large amount of corn
    Perscriptio in manibus tabellariorum est - The check is in the mail
    Non illigitamus carborundum - Don't let the b'stards grind you down
    Nonne macescis? - Have you lost weight?
    Minime senuisti! - You haven't aged a bit!
    Id tibi praebet speciem lepidissimam! - It looks great on you!
    Capillamentum? Haudquaquam conieci esse! - A wig? I never would have guessed!
    Braccae tuae aperiuntur - Your fly is open
    Subucula tua apparet - Your slip is showing
    In dentibus anticis frustum magnum spiniciae habes - You have a big piece of spinach in your front teeth
    Abutebaris modo subjunctivo - You've been misusing the subjunctive
    Heus, hic nos omnes in agmine sunt! - Hey, we're all in line here!
    Non, mihi ignosce, credo me insequentem esse - No, excuse me, I believe I'm next
    Nonne de novo eboraco venis? - You're from New York, aren't you?"

    Now all we need is a snazzy coat of arms too...


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    "Now all we need is a snazzy coat of arms too..."


    Make Your Coat Of Arms

    Let's see what we can come up with...

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    One never knows when this type of information will come in handy.
    non illigitamus carborundum.
    One should never confuse good fortune with good training.
    Illegitimus Non Carborundum.
    In God we trust.

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    The mods ought to move this to Off Topic - Humor and Discussion.
    " panton in suus locus " - Everything in its place.

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    Probably the most famous Latin (yes the "L" should be capitailized) is "Veni, Vedi, Veci". Anyone care to guess what it means and who said it? BTW, in Latin the "V" is pronounced like a "W".
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    My personal favorite....

    is the motto on my family coat of arms. 'Non sufficit orbis'. 'The World is Not Enough'.
    Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is No Vice--Moderation in the Pursuit of Justice is No Virtue. - Senator Barry Goldwater

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    I know, I know.....

    Quote Originally Posted by GTOGuy View Post
    Probably the most famous Latin (yes the "L" should be capitailized) is "Veni, Vedi, Veci". Anyone care to guess what it means and who said it? BTW, in Latin the "V" is pronounced like a "W".
    Ol' Alex the Great. I came, I saw, I conquered. What would 'I died very young' be?
    Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is No Vice--Moderation in the Pursuit of Justice is No Virtue. - Senator Barry Goldwater

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    Yours and James Bond's.

    Veni, Vedi, Vici. Julius Caesar - I came, I saw, I conquered.
    Plutarch reports that he "gave Amantius, a friend of his at Rome, an account of this action", whereas Suetonius says "In his Pontic triumph he displayed among the show-pieces of the procession an inscription of but three words, "I came, I saw, I conquered".

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    Oh, well,

    Quote Originally Posted by Pistology View Post
    Yours and James Bond's.

    Veni, Vedi, Vici. Julius Caesar - I came, I saw, I conquered.
    Plutarch reports that he "gave Amantius, a friend of his at Rome, an account of this action", whereas Suetonius says "In his Pontic triumph he displayed among the show-pieces of the procession an inscription of but three words, "I came, I saw, I conquered".
    I was close! Sorta'. Ol' Alex was Greek, afterall. Or Macedonian, I dunno'.

    Also, my cousin, 'ol James and myself, like that motto much.
    Last edited by carry ok; January 20th, 2010 at 06:13 PM.
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    I heard a different slant on that from the makers of Perrier water:

    Veni, Vedi, Vichy: I came, I saw, I burped.

    And yes, as mentioned above, The mods ought to move this to Off Topic - Humor and Discussion. " panton in suus locus " - Everything in its place.

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    Veni, Vidi, Visa -- I came, I saw, I shopped.

    Sic gloria transit mundi -- Gloria got sick on the transit Monday. (not really, but this jogged my memory from early Mad Magazine. They had a few more gems tucked in the folds.)
    "I pledge allegiance to the war banner of the united states of Totalitaria. And to the Republic, which no longer stands, several bankers, who are now god, indivisible, with Bernanke bucks and credit for all."

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTOGuy View Post
    Probably the most famous Latin (yes the "L" should be capitailized) is "Veni, Vedi, Veci". Anyone care to guess what it means and who said it? BTW, in Latin the "V" is pronounced like a "W".
    I came, I saw, I conquered......

    4 years of latin back in good ole h.s. I can't believe I used to be able to sight read the aeneid and other classics. My instructor had a few books that had some interesting phrases and even showed some curse words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgelj View Post
    even showed some curse words.
    Care to share?
    "I pledge allegiance to the war banner of the united states of Totalitaria. And to the Republic, which no longer stands, several bankers, who are now god, indivisible, with Bernanke bucks and credit for all."

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTOGuy View Post
    Probably the most famous Latin (yes the "L" should be capitailized) is "Veni, Vedi, Veci". Anyone care to guess what it means and who said it? BTW, in Latin the "V" is pronounced like a "W".
    I prefer "Veni, Vedi, Velcro" = "I came, I saw, I hung around"

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    Here's another from a co-worker.

    "Semper-uba, Sub-uba = "Always wear under wear"

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