Pecunia Non Olet

J.M

Active Member
Greetings,

Is this phrase correct for saying 'money has no smell?'

Thanks,
J.M
 

Issacus Divus

H₃rḗǵs h₁n̥dʰéri diwsú
It's "money doesn't stink."
 

Bitmap

Civis Illustris
Because the anecdote it's derived from features Vespesian's question to Titus as to whether Titus felt offended by the money's smell. It has to stink in order to offend the nose, not just have some neutral kind of smell.
 

Laurentius

Civis Illustris
Because the anecdote it's derived from features Vespesian's question to Titus as to whether Titus felt offended by the money's smell. It has to stink in order to offend the nose, not just have some neutral kind of smell.
Bad smell is just a smell, it's just less specific but still perfectly fine with the context. If it were in English they might as well have said "money has no smell" and it'd have been perfectly fine.
 

Dantius

Homo Sapiens
Staff member
I agree with Laurentius that "money has no smell" works here.

Incidentally, the phrase doesn't actually appear in Suetonius:
Reprehendenti filio Tito, quod etiam urinae vectigal commentus esset, pecuniam ex prima pensione admovit ad nares, sciscitans num odore offenderetur; et illo negante: Atqui, inquit, e lotio est.
 

Bitmap

Civis Illustris
Well, if you're trying to say that there's no need to over-correct, J.M's original phrase, I tend to agree. I don't see how the word for smell (even in English) doesn't have any negative connotation, here, though.
 

Laurentius

Civis Illustris
Well, if you're trying to say that there's no need to over-correct, J.M's original phrase, I tend to agree. I don't see how the word for smell (even in English) doesn't have any negative connotation, here, though.
Because the negative connotatin is given by the context, not the word itself. Issacus looked like he was correcting OP when there was no need for correction, that's what I mean.
 

Issacus Divus

H₃rḗǵs h₁n̥dʰéri diwsú
Laurentius, I wasn't correcting it...I just was going from the well known phrase. Maybe I was unclear. Of course either is fine.
 
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