Tattoo “You cannot teach a crab to walk straight”

Khakinaut

New Member
I am getting a tattoo of a crab and I would like the quote "You cannot teach a crab to walk straight" (by Aristophanes) in latin incorporated. Would be great if the translation wasn't too long, seeing as I'm not planning for the tattoo to be so big.

Thanks! :)
 

Adrian

Civis Illustris
οὔποτε ποιήσεις τὸν καρκίνον ὀρθὰ βαδίζειν
 

Matthaeus

Vemortuicida strenuus
Adrian is right: Aristophanes was a Greekophone, not Latinophone.
 

Matthaeus

Vemortuicida strenuus
I know, but why not use the original?
 

Matthaeus

Vemortuicida strenuus
hah, another -er word of the second decl.
 

Matthaeus

Vemortuicida strenuus
*thou shalt
How long hast thou been studying Greek, Adrian? Doskonale!
 
Yes, the only words for which the ſecond declenſion exhibits only the naked root for the nominative ſingular rather than the uſual thematic vowel + 's' are words whoſe roots end in 'r'. Very curious.:confused:
 

Adrian

Civis Illustris
*thou shalt
How long hast thou been studying Greek, Adrian? Doskonale!
One year only (I wish I had more time and patience to study that language)
 

Matthaeus

Vemortuicida strenuus
So would I ... but its intricacies beat me.
 
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