Fun talk:Not Latin phrases

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Why doesn't "Quo Vadimis" get to be a Latin phrase? You're being mean to it just cuz it was in a teevee show! --jtltalk 17:01, 3 July 2007 (CDT)

Now, let's do it all together, class. Vado, vadis, vadit, vadi...? *taps pointer on desk* --AKjeldsenGodspeed! 17:09, 3 July 2007 (CDT)
Guten Abend, Herr, that's not right. Bonjour Monsieur ... no, still not right. Dammit. I only had one year of Latin, and that was 25 years ago. Is "Quo Vadimis" really not properly conjugated? It's supposed to mean "Where do we go from here?" or something like that. --jtltalk 17:25, 3 July 2007 (CDT)
-mus, Todd. Vadimus. Don't forget that - there may or may not be a completely arbitrary test later.
As an actually-reasonably-related aside, in Danish we have an amusing mnemonic technique for Latin verb conjugation that involves cheese, mice and incontinent cats. But anyway. --AKjeldsenGodspeed! 17:49, 3 July 2007 (CDT)

I remember hearing someone say that the word "virus" actually isn't a Latin word at all, during a discussion of why it doesn't follow Latin plural rules. Is that right? If so, should it be included? --Kels 17:21, 3 July 2007 (CDT)

Yes, I've heard that before, too, but it is Latin - although medieval Latin, I think. It means a venom or any malicious substance in general. The reason why its plural is so messed up is that it's originally a mass noun in Latin, since it refers to an uncountable substance. It was only much later that viruses were discovered as countable things. --AKjeldsenGodspeed! 17:49, 3 July 2007 (CDT)

Illigitimi ad portas!

Illigitimi nil carborundum - don't know if this is correct latin but is popular in rugby circles.
Bibo ergo sum - My own particular favourite. Translated from the Philosophers' Song. ɱ@δ ɱ!ɳHello?/I did this! 17:56, 3 July 2007 (CDT)
Never heard of 'carborundum'. What's it supposed to mean? --AKjeldsenGodspeed! 18:15, 3 July 2007 (CDT)
Isn't carborundum like ruby, sapphire? CЯacke®
Carborundum is an abrasive, used for making sanding papers and sharpening stones. The translation is therefore Don't let the bastards grind you down, but probably is mock latin. ɱ@δ ɱ!ɳHello?/I did this! 13:53, 21 July 2007 (CDT)
Haha! Yes, it is, but pretty funny anyway. --AKjeldsenGodspeed! 14:45, 21 July 2007 (CDT)

I'm having Asterix the Gaul flashbacks here... --Kels 14:04, 21 July 2007 (CDT)

“Ecce Eduardus ursus scalis nunc tump-tump-tump occipite gradus pulsante, post Christophorum Robinum descendens ...”

Ten geek points if you know what the above means. One hundred geek points if you know where it was notably used (without Googling). --Kels 14:54, 21 July 2007 (CDT)

Someone did a Latin translation of Winnie the Pooh? --Gulik 14:59, 21 July 2007 (CDT)
That's ten points. For the other ninety, you have to know why. --Kels 15:08, 21 July 2007 (CDT)
For insulting a school prefect. (Or am I being a little too parochial?) ɱ@δ ɱ!ɳHello?/I did this! 15:17, 21 July 2007 (CDT)
I better let you off the hook, it's apparently too geeky for your blood. It's actually the invocation at the very first SCA event, back in 1966 (the story of which is frequently retold even today). --Kels 23:21, 21 July 2007 (CDT)

Fabricati diem, PVNC[edit]

(The traditional motto of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch in Terry Pratchett's Diskworld novels--his works are loaded with awful puns.) --Gulik 14:58, 21 July 2007 (CDT)


Great talk page, but a useless category. Can we move it to preserve the lulz? humanbe in 21:54, 17 August 2007 (CDT)

Yeah, please do. --AKjeldsenGodspeed! 04:42, 19 August 2007 (CDT)

Guazzabù! Guazzabù!

Aaaah! Spünzel!