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Friday Morning Latin Lesson, Vol. II

November 21, 2008

See what I did there? Yeah, those are Roman Numerals, bitches. While I know quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur and all, I'm sure the same holds true for things numerated in Latin. Am I right? Of course I am.

Anyway, I thought maybe I'd get back to my roots today...no, no, I'm not munching haggis and gutting uppity Englishmen (as much fun as that may be...), but I'm instead reflecting on the very reason for this blog being here. It was, at the very beginning, a way of tracking my literary endeavors (actually, it was so I could impart my pithy wisdom in the comments sections on Big Willy's blog, and then this just sort of happened). Since the initial work of tracking my word counts and discussing character and plot development, the blog has spiraled down into stories of fuck-me boots, dick jokes and epics centered on raw turkey erotica. Mmmm, classy. My mother would be so proud if only she knew how to follow the link I include in the sig file on my emails...

Sexual humor notwithstanding, it's time to focus on today's Latin phrase. I'm not sure which will offend my good man Noel more, the discussion of my friend's broken gay-dar, or this Latin phrase. My apologies ahead of time, my friend.

Frazz's initial argument shouldn't focus on the meter, but should be this:

Non curo. Si metrum non habet, non est poema.

Pronounced: "Noan cur-oh. See mate-room non hobbit, noan est po-aim-uh."


Remember, translation is in the hovertext.

11 comments:

Poobomber said...

This like one of those 'smart guy' posts, right?

I agree with the saying 100%. Funny that, I was just playing with the rhyming dictionary at http://www.rhymezone.com/ .

I like to find words that rhyme with "peezer" and stuff like that. Well, you know, you've read my blog.

red said...

Ahhh. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." I miss college...

Gwen said...

What about haiku? From my favorite Threadless t-shirt:

haikus are easy
but sometimes they don't make sense
refrigerator

Mel O said...

LMAO @ Gwen's Haiku... that is raw talent, there.

My only problem with this lesson, Mr. Professor, is that you didn't spell it out phonetically so I can practice! This one will come in handy for open-mic night at the poetry house ;)

Also, can I stay after class some day so you can show me how you do that hovertext dealie? :D Thanks, Mr. Teacher

BeckEye said...

If it doesn't rhyme, it's probably an Alanis Morrisette song.

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

@ Poo: Don't worry. There'll be a peezer-centric Latin lesson in the near future.

@ red: I had this same discussion the other day with TBCWTWSPDHB, about how much we missed college...not so much the going to class part, but the "other" parts of college.

@ Gwen: non est poema, Gwen, non est poema.

@ MelO: Of course it's raw talent; it's centered on a refrigerator!!! And, I fixed the pronunciation thing. I forgot about that part, plus I'm only half certain of most of the pronunciations, and the Latin Doc at home isn't giving me any *ahem* "tutoring" on the subject.

@ Beckeye: I think you're confusing "rhyming" with "making sense" or "capable of being listened to whilst still sober".

Will Shannon said...

To all this Friday Morning Latin Lesson business, I introduce my Friday Morning Yiddish Lesson by saying...

Oy gevalt.

~E said...

HAHAHA! English majors and refrigerators...sometimes the comments are as good as the blog.

Never took latin...but took french which is pretty f*ing close enough.

Hence: Je ne m'inquiète pas. Ce n'est pas une poésie s'il ne rime pas!

Candy's daily Dandy said...

I was gonna say the same thing about a haiku. I'm going to share this with the kids. Maybe they'll score better on the next math or science test!
Thanks Prof!

Lisa-tastrophies said...

E pluribus unum
Yeah, that's all the Latin I know.

How do you say "Notre Dame got Hail Mary-ed" in Latin?

OK, sorry. Cheap shot :-)

Frank said...

Will I be able to speak fluent Latin by this time next year?