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

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

  1. Pacifica grammaticissima

    • Civis Illustris
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    Belgium
    When you keep reading the title "De wonderbare maagd Sinte Amelberga" as "On/of the wonderful maiden Saint Amelia" even though you know (albeit hardly knowing any Dutch) that this "de" is actually a definite article.
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  2. Etaoin Shrdlu Civis Illustris

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    What struck me, having looked up Amalberga (van Temse – not to be confused with Amalberga van Susteren or Amalberga van Maubeuge, as I might have done five minutes ago had I ever heard of any of them), was that wonderbare here must have a strictly etymological sense of 'associated with miracles'. But the English word 'wonderful' has never had that meaning, according to the OED – which I find rather hard to believe.
  3. Pacifica grammaticissima

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    Location:
    Belgium
    "Miraculous", then? I was actually unsure what word to use.
  4. Etaoin Shrdlu Civis Illustris

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    Maybe, or possibly call her a miracle worker. Is she well-known in your part of the world? In the sense that you'd be quite likely to find people who were aware that she was reputed to have crossed a river riding a fish, much as we know St George killed a dragon and St Christopher carried Christ across a river.
  5. Pacifica grammaticissima

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Belgium
    Not as far as I know. She wasn't to me, at any rate, until I was asked to translate her life from Latin to English. That's how I came upon the above title on Google Books when comparing versions (the title is Dutch, but the book contains the Latin).
  6. Westcott Civis Illustris

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    You know you're a medieval Latin Junkie when you see a lorry on the motorway marked XPO Logistics and you think Christophero.
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  7. rothbard Civis Illustris

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    You see "VENUS IN FUR" on a poster and your first thought is: that doesn't make sense.
  8. You spend two months killing neurons by trying to write a witty mock Martial epigram for your friend, though they take Spanish...
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  9. Pacifica grammaticissima

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    Location:
    Belgium
    You read this:

    "una ruptura de las reglas de coherencia de un TT, sean éstas de tipo gramatical, de combinabilidad léxica, congruencia semántica o de conformidad al conocimiento del mundo y de la experiencia acumulada"

    And you think for a split second "Wrong case".

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