You know you're a Latin junkie when...

By epaminondas, in 'General Latin Chat (English)', Nov 15, 2012.

  1. Araneus Umbraticus Lector

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Norvegia
    I was taking the train home from work right now. I have a monthly ticket on an app on my phone, and there is a completely random word and picture on the thicket that changes every few hours, that the staff can recognise and thus know that the ticket is real and up to date. The word now was "Revehi" ("fox den"), which immediately took to be latin... Quite appropriate though, considering I was going home.
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  2. Dantius Homo Sapiens

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    in orbe lacteo
    Caesar. We've read 5 whole sentences of book 1! :clapping:
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  3. Araneus Umbraticus Lector

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Norvegia
    Now I'm really curious which sentences those were.
  4. Callaina Feles Curiosissima

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Canada
    Wow, that's impressive.
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  5. Dantius Homo Sapiens

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    in orbe lacteo
    The first 5.
  6. Araneus Umbraticus Lector

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Norvegia
    Are you going to go through the whole book? Book 1 I mean, not the entire work.
  7. Dantius Homo Sapiens

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    in orbe lacteo
    No. Just the first few sections, and then I think we jump to book 6 to read about customs of the Gauls.
  8. Araneus Umbraticus Lector

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Norvegia
    Make sure no one misses this gem then (book 6, ch. 27):
    Sunt item, quae appellantur alces. Harum est consimilis capris figura et varietas pellium, sed magnitudine paulo antecedunt mutilaeque sunt cornibus et crura sine nodis articulisque habent neque quietis causa procumbunt neque, si quo adflictae casu conciderunt, erigere sese aut sublevare possunt. His sunt arbores pro cubilibus: ad eas se applicant atque ita paulum modo reclinatae quietem capiunt. Quarum ex vestigiis cum est animadversum a venatoribus, quo se recipere consuerint, omnes eo loco aut ab radicibus subruunt aut accidunt arbores, tantum ut summa species earum stantium relinquatur. Huc cum se consuetudine reclinaverunt, infirmas arbores pondere adfligunt atque una ipsae concidunt.
    Very nice for the grammar as well.
  9. Pacifica grammaticissima

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Belgium
    o_O
  10. Araneus Umbraticus Lector

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Norvegia
    I guess he knew someone who had a friend whose mother once thought she saw a moose, but it was after dark, so she couldn't be sure.
  11. Etaoin Shrdlu Civis Illustris

    • Civis Illustris
    Ironically, one of the major problems in getting an English publisher interested in this is going to be the sheer wealth of documentation provided. Notes and appendices add over 100 pages to something that's already over 300 pages long.

    I'm also wondering how the translations into other languages deal with the amount of specifically German examples. I'm guessing they've been kept in the Czech version, because the kind of Czechs who are interested in Latin either know German or feel they should, the way educated English people generally have at least enough French to understand basic phrases. Perhaps Godmy can shed further light on this.
  12. Callaina Feles Curiosissima

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Canada
    Not Latin, but you know you're a Greek junkie when you're looking up words in a German-English dictionary and automatically look for "g" BEFORE "d". ;)
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  13. Araneus Umbraticus Lector

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Norvegia
    I guess the German double s is going to mess with your head a bit as well?
  14. Callaina Feles Curiosissima

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Canada
    Nah, I'm used to that. I studied German fairly intensively about ten years ago, but have forgotten a lot of it, so I'm trying to get it back.
  15. Araneus Umbraticus Lector

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Norvegia
    Ein echt gutes Vorhaben!
  16. Callaina Feles Curiosissima

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Canada
    So denke ich auch!
  17. Callaina Feles Curiosissima

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Canada
    The text we're reading (a philosophical text which keeps talking about das Vereinte) reminds me of this poem.

    Es sang vor langen Jahren
    Wohl auch die Nachtigall,
    Das war wohl süßer Schall,
    Da wir zusammen waren.

    Ich sing und kann nicht weinen,
    Und spinne so allein
    Den Faden klar und rein,
    So lang der Mond wird scheinen.

    Da wir zusammen waren,
    Da sang die Nachtigall,
    Nun mahnet mich ihr Schall,
    Daß du von mir gefahren.

    So oft der Mond mag scheinen,
    Gedenk ich dein allein,
    Mein Herz ist klar und rein,
    Gott wolle uns vereinen.

    Seit du von mir gefahren,
    Singt stets die Nachtigall,
    Ich denk bei ihrem Schall,
    Wie wir zusammen waren.

    Gott wolle uns vereinen,
    Hier spinn ich so allein,
    Der Mond scheint klar und rein,
    Ich sing und möchte weinen!
  18. Araneus Umbraticus Lector

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    Location:
    Norvegia
    Das gefällt mir sehr! Melancholisch und hübsch.
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  19. Iohannes Aurum Technicus Auxiliarius

    • Technicus Auxiliarius
    The Russian junkie would make the same mistake as well.
  20. Dantius Homo Sapiens

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    in orbe lacteo
    ... you say "vale!" to someone who doesn't even know Latin. (luckily they didn't seem to hear me)

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