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Quid Cogitas? Or, How to Be Ready the Next Time the News Breaks in Latin

 

Vatican reporter Giovanna Chirri got the scoop of a lifetime on Monday, breaking the news of Benedict’s decision to resign. Why? Because she was the only journalist present who understood what the Pope, who made his announcement in Latin, had said.

To follow Senora Chirri’s example, a few simple steps

READ CHILDREN’S BOOKS IN LATIN

Non mi placent, O Pincerna,Virent ova! Viret perna!

They do not please me, O waiter,Eggs that are green! Ham that is green!

You can find the Doctore Seuss classics Virent ova! Viret perna! (Green Eggs and Ham), or Cattus Pettasatus (The Cat in the Hat), or even Quomodo Invidiosulus nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit (How the Grinch Stole Christmas). There’s also Winnie Ille PuHarry Potter et Philosophi Lapis, Hobbitus Ille, and many others. Get your kids started early!

LEARN YOUR LATIN COMPUTER TERMS

spreadsheet — tabula computativa

joystick — manipulus

download — extrahere

RAM — memoria volatilis

the program has crashed the system — systema a programmate dirutum est

World Wide Web — Tela Totius Terrae

DO YOUR SOCIAL NETWORKING IN LATIN

You could join the social networking site Schola, where all the fun takes place in Latin. Or, if you’re not quite ready for that, switch your Facebook language to Latin. Instead of the rather casual and insouciant “How’s it going?” it will ask you, with great dignity, “Quid cogitas?” or “What are your thoughts?”

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  1. Profile photo of Aaron Miller Member
    Peter Robinson:

    the program has crashed the system — systema a programmate dirutum est

    This is why everyone hates Latin: holding verbs until the end.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 8:56 am
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    Learn the name Hans Orberg and for begin learning via Pullins publishing

    Learn or improve your Latin on your own time and at your own pace with the Individual Learner’s Course. This course leads you through Familia Romana, Hans Ørberg’s premiere text for learning Latin via that Natural Method that gives students the opportunity to learn Latin without resorting to translation, but allows them to “think in Latin.” Written entirely in Latin, students first learn grammar and vocabulary intuitively through extended contextual reading and an innovative system of marginal notes

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    • February 13, 2013 at 9:03 am
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    Gaudi!

    • #3
    • February 13, 2013 at 9:11 am
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    HODIE NATUS EST RADICI FRATER

    The infamous error message on the Multics operating system.

    (Explanation at the link.)

    I worked with Bernie many years ago. He’s brilliant, and he would often throw interesting cultural references in software commentary.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 9:19 am
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    Hopefully most people here have a copy of Henry Beard’s Latin phrase books

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    • February 13, 2013 at 9:21 am
  6. Profile photo of Frederick Key Inactive

    The real reason Rome fell — verbs at the end. Serva! Barbaros portas, muros!

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    • February 13, 2013 at 9:54 am
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    Later this afternoon I’ll be interviewing by phone with Abu Dhabi. If I get the position, I’ll be Ricochet’s first economic refugee. Anyone know where I can get children’s books in Arabic?

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    • February 13, 2013 at 10:12 am
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    Peter Robinson:

    the program has crashed the system — systema a programmate dirutum est

    I just might put that in an error message or two.

    I wonder how you say “problem between keyboard and chair?”

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    • February 13, 2013 at 10:16 am
  9. Profile photo of Manfred Arcane Inactive

    FYI. I don’t think this kind of (repeated) posts extolling the merits of a dead language appeals to a lot of Ricochettie. Is there some kind of clique in our ranks that enjoys this? Look at all the cool things that are being done in science these days (every day another advance in solar cell technology, or better batteries, or new cancer advances, yada, yada, yada) – not worth a single posting, evidently. How about world affairs (oh, I don’t know, maybe an item on the Norks detonating a nuclear bomb of some kilotonnage might be worth a note, or speculating on the prospects of Afghanistan after we pull out our troops, or whether France is up to the task of squashing Al Qaeda in Mali, etc., etc.). I took Latin, three years worth at least. I use Latin phrases all the time. I (sort of) know the when, where and how of using them, but, boy, there are a lot of French, or Spanish or Italian phrases that I don’t know that would surely enrich my missives and professional writings, if only we would dedicate a little more space in this forum to those languages. Just saying…

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    • February 13, 2013 at 10:25 am
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    Romanes Eunt Domus.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 10:46 am
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    ~Paules: Later this afternoon I’ll be interviewing by phone with Abu Dhabi. If I get the position, I’ll be Ricochet’s first economic refugee. Anyone know where I can get children’s books in Arabic? · 37 minutes ago

    You’ll find English speaking schools in Abu Dhabi. They’ll sale children’s books in Arabic too.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 10:56 am
  12. Profile photo of Valiuth Member

    Yah, but unless the news is coming out of the Vatican what are the chances the news will come out in Latin? 

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    • February 13, 2013 at 11:04 am
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    Aaron Miller
    Peter Robinson:

    the program has crashed the system — systema a programmate dirutum est

    This is why everyone hates Latin: holding verbs until the end. · 2 hours ago

    It’s the Reverse Polish Notation of grammars.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 11:07 am
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    Some stolen Latin phrases (I forget from where):

    Si minor plus est ergo nihil sunt omnia. – If less is more, then nothing is everything. Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit. – To boldly go where no man has gone before. Aio, quantitas magna frumentorum est. – Yes, that is a very large amount of corn. Animadvertistine, ubicumque stes, fumum recta in faciem ferri? – Ever noticed how wherever you stand, the smoke goes right into your face? Braccae illae virides cum subucula rosea et tunica Caledonia-quam elenganter concinnatur! – Those green pants go so well with that pink shirt and the plaid jacket! Braccae tuae aperiuntur. – Your fly is open. Canis meus id comedit. – My dog ate it. Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam. – I have a catapult. Give me all the money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head. Tua toga suspina est. – Your toga is backwards. Vescere bracis meis. – Eat my shorts. Veni, vidi, volo in domum redire. – I came, I saw, I want to go home.
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    • February 13, 2013 at 11:15 am
  15. Profile photo of Basil Fawlty Member
    R. Craigen: Some stolen Latin phrases (I forget from where): Si minor plus est ergo nihil sunt omnia. – If less is more, then nothing is everything. Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit. – To boldly go where no man has gone before. Aio, quantitas magna frumentorum est. – Yes, that is a very large amount of corn. Animadvertistine, ubicumque stes, fumum recta in faciem ferri? – Ever noticed how wherever you stand, the smoke goes right into your face? Braccae illae virides cum subucula rosea et tunica Caledonia-quam elenganter concinnatur! – Those green pants go so well with that pink shirt and the plaid jacket! Braccae tuae aperiuntur. – Your fly is open. Canis meus id comedit. – My dog ate it. Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam. – I have a catapult. Give me all the money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head. Tua toga suspina est. – Your toga is backwards. Vescere bracis meis. – Eat my shorts. Veni, vidi, volo in domum redire. – I came, I saw, I want to go home. · 0 minutes ago

    Semper ubi sub ubi.

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    • February 13, 2013 at 11:23 am
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    There should be one day where all Ricochet posts are in Latin.

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    • February 14, 2013 at 2:15 am
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    Oh, and Gaudete, the Christmas Carol I posted in December.

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    • February 14, 2013 at 2:29 am
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    In Meet the Romans Prof Mary Beard the presenter featured some extraordinary Romans such as Eurysaces, an eccentric baker, who made a fortune out of the grain trade and built his tomb in the shape of a giant bread oven.. note the wit on his Latin tomb still standing today..Apparet! Geddit? Latin, love it or leaven it..

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    • February 14, 2013 at 2:52 am
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    JimGoneWild: There should be one day where all Ricochet posts are in Latin. · 41 minutes ago

    Provocatio accipitur.

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    • February 14, 2013 at 3:35 am
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    The Conventiculum Viomingense is a full-immersion residential experience, designed both to introduce aspiring Latinists to the beauty and power of the ancient language of the Church and to provide more advanced Latinists with an exciting opportunity to improve their abilities. Classes will be conducted primarily in Latin and will include an exciting outdoor component: We will take advantage of our location to discuss trees and plants, mountains and glaciers, rivers, animals, birds, insects, weather, and many other aspects of nature. The week will culminate in a camping trip.wyoming.jpg

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    • February 14, 2013 at 4:00 am
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    Speaking as an out and proud nerd, I love it and am extremely pleased that I can now (sort of) say:

    “Braccae illae virides cum subucula rosea et tunica Caledonia-quam elenganter concinnatur! ”

    This is bound to come in handy one day (thank you Craig).[edited oops I mean P Craigen]

    Manfred Arcane: FYI. I don’t think this kind of (repeated) posts extolling the merits of a dead language appeals to a lot of Ricochettie. Is there some kind of clique in our ranks that enjoys this? 
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    • February 14, 2013 at 5:05 am
  22. Profile photo of flownover Inactive

    Sorry Peter, but Ricochet naturam expelles furca tamen usque recurret.

    So back to the real Latin !

    carmen.jpg

    I do enjoy walking around Rome and seeing SPQR on manhole covers though. Makes me feel like Steve Reeves.

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    • February 14, 2013 at 5:17 am
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    Georgia est omnis divisa in partes tres, (southern Latin)Georgia is divided into three parts, y’all.

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    • February 14, 2013 at 5:23 am
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    flownover: 

    So back to the real Latin !

    Oh Carm’on.. who read her Miranda rights? Tico tico.. abundantia Miranda!!

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    • February 14, 2013 at 5:33 am
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    I hope Peter Robinson does not excommunicate me for this one.

    Pope Benedict Resignation Tied To Paula Broadwell AffairVATICAN CITY – Vatican insiders told The Duffel Blog about an alleged affair between the leader of the Catholic Church and his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The biography, “Deep Inside the Vatican” was scheduled to be published in April.

    According to the Vatican officials, who are highly placed and possess a Deus Ex Machina clearance, the affair between Pope Benedict and Broadwell became known ex post facto after a security complaint to the Vatican’s Internet server led to the discovery of a series of racy e-mails between the two.

    The Duffel Blog’s reporter was able to follow the conversations due to his mandatory training in Latin at the Defense Language Institute.

    At one point The Duffel Blog was shown a screenshot of what officials claimed was a private e-mail il Papa sent Broadwell, saying “Omnia Paula in tres partes divisa est. lol.” The authenticity of the screenshot could not be verified.

    http://www.duffelblog.com/2013/02/resignation-of-pope-benedict-has-ties-to-paula-broadwell/?utm_source=The+Duffel+Blog+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=6e52eab5da-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email

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    • February 14, 2013 at 6:34 am
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    One computer scientist tried to introduce Latin-baed computing. Perl, by Larry Wall, is a computer language sometimes known as the Swiss-Army Chainsaw of computing. It’s used for system engineering, and was a popular choice for running web sites 15 years ago.

    Damian Conway is probably its most insane programmer; he once developed Coy.pm, that would precede every error message with a newly-generated apposite haiku. But his most bizarre creation is Lingua::Romana::Perligata-Perl for the XXI-imum Century, an attempt to recast the program in Latin. Keywords were translated: STDERR, the standard error stream, became oraculo (a place where doom is pronounced). The keyword bless became benedictum

    Only the first two lines of this program are in English:

    #! /usr/local/bin/perl -wuse Lingua::Romana::Perligata;maximum inquementum tum biguttam egresso scribe.meo maximo vestibulo perlegamentum da. da duo tum maximum conscribementa meis listis. dum listis decapitamentum damentum nexto fac sic nextum tum novumversum scribe egresso. lista sic hoc recidementum nextum cis vannementa da listis.cis.
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    • February 14, 2013 at 6:38 am
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    outstripp: Georgia est omnis divisa in partes tres, (southern Latin)Georgia is divided into three parts, y’all. · 1 hour ago

    always liked this one

    Allia-gay est ivisa-day en es-tray artes-pay ?

    pig latin latin

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    • February 14, 2013 at 6:38 am
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    You forgot all- yay.

    flownover
    outstripp: Georgia est omnis divisa in partes tres, (southern Latin)Georgia is divided into three parts, y’all. · 1 hour ago

    always liked this one

    Allia-gay est ivisa-day en es-tray artes-pay ?

    pig latin latin · 1 minute ago

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    • February 14, 2013 at 7:00 am
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    Nanda Panjandrum

    🙂

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    • February 14, 2013 at 9:38 am
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    The Larry Miller Drinking Society adopted as its official motto “Nominum Quid Geminus?” or, “You call that a double?”

    Lousy Latin, great bit.

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    • February 14, 2013 at 10:36 am
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