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Friday Morning Latin Lesson, Volume XXIII

May 8, 2009

This post is dedicated to Scope.

You know what today is? It's the re-launch of the Star Trek film series. Same story, younger actors. I'm sure there will be those who hate it because it doesn't have William Shatner calling the shots at the helm of the Enterprise. The jury is still out here at Maison de Jenks. Part of me thinks that the original magic of the series can never be captured again; part of me thinks new blood needs to be injected into the story. Hell, they can't do any worse than the Star Wars prequels, right? Right?



I've always been more of a Star Wars man, myself. I like my Space Westerns to have a lot more action, which is why only about half of the Dune books appeal to me. However, while the history of the Star Wars galaxy seems fluid with a healthy mind to how many more action figures can we sell, the Star Trek galaxy has a more definite story and, if more action figures are needed, a new civilization is created. Personally, the one thing I liked most about Star Trek is that they built civilizations rather than just cool aliens to shoot. Plus, the civilizations in Star Trek make a lot more sense, unlike Star Wars, which features Gungans. Proof that Gene Roddenberry wasn't a self-servicing, unctuous bearded cocksmack.

Okay, enough geeky prattling. Let's get to the lessons. That's right. Lessons. It's a double shot today, meus amicus. Mostly because I have two appropriate phrases, and I couldn't settle on either. Plus, this post is done up in Scope's honor, and he deserves a little extra after I plasticized his genitals a couple of weeks ago.

The first is useful if you find yourself stranded on an alien planet:

Me transmitte sursum, Caledoni!

Pronounced: "May trahns-meet-aye soor-soom, Cahl-ay-doan-ee!"

Translation in the hovertext

Like I said last week, I love a good pun so early in the day!

This next one you might find a touch more useful around the house. Got a hubby lying on the couch, claiming that he can't overcome his downward inertia, but the lawn desperately needs some attention? Here you go. Got a kid who refuses to go to bed so that you can knock boots with the missus? Here you go. Got a cat that doesn't want to get spayed or neutered and is clinging to the draperies in a desperate attempt to stave off a trip to the vet for the unkindest cut? Here you go.

Resistere irritum est.

Pronounced: "Ray-seese-tare-aye ear-eat-toom est."

You're right, Jeri. I give up. Do with me what you will. Don't be gentle.


Scope said...

Thanks for the shout out.

And 'Resistere irritum est' indeed, for the woman who I personally believe holds no small amount of the credit / blame (depends upon your POV) for Obama being our 44th president.

Since it is Mother's Day weekend, I will miss the opening of the new Star Trek series, but will have to go sometime next week.

Cora said...

Plurimus dulcis!

Sass said...

The opening of a new Star Trek movie is a monumental occasion for me.

It's a really big deal. Really.

It marks the day that I, once again, will avoid a new Star Trek movie like the plague.

I'm just sayin'. ;)

Eric said...

Star Wars would have been much better if filmed in its original Latin. The computer displays with numbers probably would have sucked though.

Imagine Luke about to destroy the death star trying to read a countdown of distance MMMDDCCLLXVIII...

Anna Russell said...

If I ever met a Latin speaking alien, I am so prepared.

Moooooog35 said...

There is a Latin word for 'Scotty?'

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

@ Scope: You were the only person I'd seen so far geeked for the re-release. I hear the critics are whole-heartedly embracing the reboot. Awesome.

And, dude, that's a picture of Jeri Ryan, not Sarah Palin.

@ Cora: Stop talking to the other commenters! Sheesh.

@ Sass: Does anyone else hear something? Sounds like water dripping? Or something? Whatever. Move along.

@ Eric: Why would they use two D's and two L's? Oh, wait, because George Lucas sucks. Gotcha. Very subtle, my friend, very subtle indeed.

@ Anna R: See, it's a valuable service I'm providing. And, you also know the Latin name for your homeland now.

@ Moooooog35: Indeed. Who says a dead language can't fully embrace sci-fi?

Nej said...

"Proof that Gene Roddenberry wasn't a self-servicing, unctuous bearded cocksmack."

Don't hold back, tell us how you really feel!! :-)

Love it!

Lana said...

is it true that william shatner was being extra douchey about not being involved in this movie? if so, he needs a little latin lesson about resistence in his life.

LiLu said...

I'm so confused.

Lostinspace said...

Resistere irritum est. If I can remember that, I will definately use it.

red said...

I've read the new ST movie is awesome. I can't wait.

The Ambiguous Blob said...

Oooh, I like the second lesson of the day. I'm gonna use it on whoever crosses my path this weekend.

Frank said...

I'm trying to figure out when it will be best to view the Star Trek movie without being overwhelmed by nerds. If only there was some time of day when they were all at home playing Warcraft...

Soda and Candy said...


Fancy Schmancy said...

How do you say, "you will be assimilated"?

Sassy Britches said...

Not if I don't resist first!

words...words...words... said...

Thank you for echoing my feelings about George Lucas, that hack that got lucky one time. I still blame him for Indy 4, not Spielberg.

And I'm really looking forward to the Star Trek movie. The reviews are very encouraging.

WR said...

LOL! Nothing like updating of survival skills to help one feel safer.

You've given us a new model for trekkie-dom

coolred38 said...

We need more power Captain!!

...always wanted to say that. So now I have. Im happy.