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Italian last names, poop related, started as a joke?

I have a half-remembered anecdote from a Latin lecture about a number of (I beleive middle age or earlier) peasants being asked/made to have last names where they had not previously been allowed to/bothered with, and a lot of them chose really sophomoric names that mean "Poop-lover" or things of this nature. I recall it being regional, and I think I might be conflating multiple events. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by neonrev on Jan 21, 2017 - 7 answers

Does anyone know the inscriptions on the doors of the Milan Cathedral?

I've read online that over the triple doorways of Milan Cathedral are three inscriptions spanning the arches. Above one is carved a wreath of roses, with the words, “All that pleases is but for a moment.” Over the second is a cross, with the words, “All that troubles is but for a moment.” Underneath the great central entrance to the main aisle is inscribed: “That only is important which is eternal.” I presume the inscriptions are in latin or something. Can someone confirm, and provide the exact wording in latin? [more inside]
posted by hellomina on Oct 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Harry Potter language question

The spells in the Harry Potter books are in a kind of Latin. There is a Latin translation of the first Harry Potter book. What language are the spells in that? (PLEASE SAY GREEK!) What language are the spells in the Greek translation? (PLEASE SAY EGYPTIAN!)
posted by thatwhichfalls on Aug 25, 2016 - 9 answers

Audio resources for language learning

I'd like to learn new languages - specifically French, German and Latin. The only significant time I have to do this is a daily ~2 hour commute. So, recommendations please for offline audio-based language resources (something that is, or can be put, on a CD). [more inside]
posted by monkey closet on Jun 29, 2016 - 6 answers

Classics nerds of MeFi! Name my dad's adorable Latin YouTube channel?

My dad (80, sharp as a tack) is the beloved, rumpled Latin teacher at a girls school in the NE. He wants to start a YouTube channel "like Bill Nye for Latin"-- a mix of light grammar lessons, history, etymology and trivia. I think it will be great and have offered to help--first, by naming it. But what should it be called? [more inside]
posted by athirstforsalt on May 20, 2016 - 45 answers

While the people who translate to Latin are around . .

My friend and I have a particular history and we want to get a buddy tattoo. Naturally I'm going to ask you to verify a translation. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Jan 21, 2016 - 6 answers

Translate "Deal from strength or get crushed every time" to Latin?

Title says it all. I tried the online translation, but even with my twenty-year-old-intro-Latin, I could tell they weren't great. How would you translate that into Latin? I'm really looking for two sorts of translations: one literal, and one short and "motto"-like.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Jan 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Learning Latin, sans school

What are your suggestions/resources for learning Latin independently, outside of school? I am a beginner, with access to a well-resourced library and the Internet. I'll keep this question brief and general, since I am open to any and all suggestions. Thanks!
posted by delight on Jan 8, 2016 - 11 answers

How would one say "slutty angels" in Latin?

A friend is hosting a horror movie night this Friday, and even though it's an otherwise Halloween-themed get-together, the invitation specified "Don't wear your slutty angel costume; this is not that kind of party." So my partner and I have decided we need to wear wings and get t-shirts made that say something approximating "slutty angels" in Latin. (Or "wanton" or "lascivious" or whatever is actually translatable.) I'd like it to be at least nominally grammatical. Help?
posted by psoas on Oct 25, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me find that song

I'm trying to locate a Latin/Spanish song from a few years back with almost nothing to go on. Here's what I remember... [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Oct 19, 2015 - 3 answers

How to say "nature does make jumps" in latin?

As opposed to natura non facit saltus. Is it just natura facit saltus? I want to be emphatic that it does saltate. Google Translate and other translation systems are giving divergent answers.
posted by curuinor on Oct 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Can Someone Please Translate This Latin Sentence?

I urgently need this Latin sentence translated. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by Jangatroo on Aug 4, 2015 - 5 answers

Latin quote for T-shirt

I teach an intensive summer Latin workshop. I want to get T-shirts made for my students with a Latin quote/design. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark on Aug 3, 2015 - 12 answers

Latin Translation

Need help translating a phrase into Latin - "Efficiency in all things." Google Translate says it's "efficiendum est omnia" but I don't trust it 100% and want to avoid ending up with the Latin equivalent of "Macho Business Donkey Wrestler" as a motto.
posted by robocop is bleeding on Jul 13, 2015 - 13 answers

So Latin, Greek, and Old English walk into a bar...

Sometime in the last several months I found a post on a site I'd never been to before that shared a word made up by the author. [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow on May 23, 2015 - 4 answers

Good, safe places for me to ballroom/Latin/swing dance in Portland?

Recently moved to Portland, OR. I'm an intermediate ballroom/Latin/swing dancer and I'm overwhelmed by the amount of choices here when I google. In particular I want a nice safe place where I won't get groped or hit on a lot...I'm 30 and a reasonably attractive woman. Where I used to live I basically gave up on social dancing because I couldn't go anywhere without getting groped, and stuck to my Arthur Murray like glue. Any dancers out there that can help me out? [more inside]
posted by FireFountain on May 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Looking for a name that's Greeky or Latiny for part of a big project

I'm looking for a Greek or Latin name that basically means holy/sacred/important/influential book/writing/teaching. Something grandiose. [more inside]
posted by bfootdav on Mar 20, 2015 - 19 answers

What is the meaning of this obscure Latin [and/or] rebus?

I am trying to figure out the meaning of the rebus on this page of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. It's a strange work, but beautifully done: the printer of the book is Aldus Manutius, who died 500 years ago this year. Can you help me figure out the rebus and/or translate the "Latin"?
posted by lackutrol on Mar 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Online tools for learning Latin romantic ballads and boleros for guitar?

I'm a big fan of classic Latin trio bands such as Los Panchos, Los Tres Ases, and Los Tres Reyes. I just purchased a guitar and my eventual goal is to be able to play in a style similar to the lead guitarists of these groups. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Mar 1, 2015 - 2 answers

LatinFilter: help me modify this latin… phrase?

The text on at 19th century English shilling includes the text "GEORGIUS III • DEI GRATIA" What would the translation be if, instead of "the grace of God" I wanted it to say, "the grace of The Swan?" [more inside]
posted by TangoCharlie on Feb 27, 2015 - 4 answers

We need a motto. It should be in Latin so it can look good on a crest.

My husband and I would like a good Latin translation for "Doing it Right. Right Now." You could also punctuate it this way: "Doing it right right now" [more inside]
posted by nosila on Jan 18, 2015 - 7 answers

Discussion boards or mailing lists for ancient history

Are there any good discussion boards or email lists for an amateur ancient history enthusiast? [more inside]
posted by artichoke_enthusiast on Jan 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Need help translating into Latin

I'm writing directions and want to translate them into Latin. The directions are: Straight 25 (meaning "walk straight forward for 25 paces") Right 25 (meaning "turn right, then walk 25 paces") Left 25 (meaning "turn left, then walk 25 paces") So the directions are very abbreviated. Would I say something like: Protenus 25 Dextra 25 Sinister 25?
posted by theelf2020 on Nov 17, 2014 - 4 answers

Need help translating quote into Latin

I would like the most accurate possible translation of "Damn the torpedoes!" into Latin. [more inside]
posted by tetralix on Oct 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Latin Motto Help

I am looking to have the following phrase translated into Latin: "Two is one, one is none" [more inside]
posted by tarpin on Sep 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Inversion of "Cogito ergo sum"?

I'm reaching for a phrase for a short science fiction piece I'm working on. I'd like to know what a Classical-Latin-speaking character would say if they wanted to articulate a particular concept analogous to "I think therefore I am", but expressing instead a monstrous moral conclusion they've reached along the lines of I think therefore none may be / shall be. [more inside]
posted by churl on Aug 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Could someone please translate a marriage record for me from Alsace 1772

I have located on-line a 1772 marriage record from Alsace, France pertaining to my family but can't make much out The image is sharp and clear enough but it looks to be in Latin. I can send a copy. Any help would be appreciated.
posted by mcbeitz on Jul 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Translations of M. Aurelius' "Meditations" - simple, readable prose?

Which of the dozens of English translations of M. Aurelius' "Meditations" is best for younger readers prioritizing beautiful, readable, lyrical and contemporary wording? Not looking for "... For Dummies"-level; just trying to avoid the KJB-style "thines" and "mayests" and so on. Willing to sacrifice textual fidelity for the most readable, accessible prose. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jul 9, 2014 - 10 answers

Translate a motto to Latin please?

If "art for art's sake" is "ars gratia artis", what would be the Latin translation of "fear for fear's sake"?
posted by Tom-B on Jul 7, 2014 - 4 answers

Latin for "Speed and secrecy"?

Asking for a friend: how would one write "Speed and secrecy" in Latin? It's for a group motto, and we wish to basically communicate "keep this fast/quick/speedy" and "keep things secret/safe." As briefly as possible.
posted by ish__ on Jul 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Tedium, tedii, tedio

I'm teaching a three-hour daily intensive college Latin class. Help me come up with ideas to relieve the mind-numbing boredom of endless drills and "The queen sent the letter to the citizens"-type sentences. [more inside]
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark on Jun 20, 2014 - 16 answers

Seeking Tongue-in-cheek Latin Grammar Advice

Hi, As a member of the advisory board of the Butts Institute I've been asked to seek feedback regarding our motto, "recte, rectus, rectum". While I believe the phrase is close to perfect, would any Latin-knowers care to comment on the grammar and rectility of the slogan? Are there any adjustments we can make in order to improve it? Thank you
posted by c[,,] on Jun 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Need an accurate English to Latin translation.

A friend of mine wants to get another tattoo, and the phrase he's picked to get inked is this: "I am the angel of death, not mercy." He would like for the ink to be in Latin, so obviously he wants to make sure the translation is spot-on. Any Latin scholars able to help with this? Thank you so much!
posted by shiu mai baby on May 14, 2014 - 10 answers

This is not "Veritas liberabit vos"

I am designing a coat of arms, as a gag, that would have the Latin equivalent of "Just to piss you off" as the motto. It just doesn't quite cut it in English. Can this be easily translated into a Latin equivalent? [more inside]
posted by flyingrock on May 12, 2014 - 6 answers

English to Latin translation

What is "The storm cannot be stopped; but it can be survived" in Latin?
posted by cake vandal on Apr 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Quid legam?

Please recommend some Classical Latin prose works that are fun to read. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Mar 31, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me choose a Latin book, please.

I'm teaching Latin at a sort of community college setting. A lot of older learners, people who aren't sure why they're there, miss a lot of classes, etc. I've been using Wheelock's, which I know well, but this is only appropriate for determined learners or college students. [more inside]
posted by Opengreen on Mar 7, 2014 - 16 answers

Pls help me identify a Latin beat and melody

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posted by Ralph on Feb 14, 2014 - 2 answers

One answer will be enough.

Hello Latin Scholars of Mefi. I have a relatively simple translation that I want to get absolutely right. English: More Is Never Enough. Latin: [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey on Jan 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Is 'Cantata Mortis' an accurate Latin phrase?

Presuming it means 'song of death', do the cases match up? My latin is too rusty...
posted by Sebmojo on Dec 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Lorem Ipsum mug for my boss (anyone read Latin?) and gift advice.

My boss is retiring. He used to teach Latin. I made some webpage mockups a few months ago and he thought the lorem ipsum (dummy filler text) was very amusing. I'd like to get him a Lorem Ipsum coffee mug for a retirement/holiday gift. [more inside]
posted by hotelechozulu on Dec 12, 2013 - 14 answers

From Experience... in Latin.

If I want to say "From experience" in Latin, what's the best way to say it? Right now I'm thinking "Ab expertus." [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on Nov 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Flying to Chiapas (airport tgx) in Mexico

We need some travel tips on our upcoming trip to Chiapas (Mexico) for this week. Mostly your input on how to find the best flight and what cities can we visit on a 9 day tour. [more inside]
posted by ladoo on Oct 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Finders Keepers

How do I say "Finders, Keepers" in Latin?
posted by Raybun on Sep 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Translation from medical latin....

This phrase: "dilaceratio cruris sin Vulcera centusel. multipl." appears on a German birth certificate from the 1940s. Am I right to guess that it means something like "multiple wounds in the leg without ulcers"? If so, what are "ulcers" in this context? Infections?
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Aug 19, 2013 - 1 answer

Classics online education

Is there any university (based anywhere in the world, operating in any language) that offers a completely online B.A. program in classics (or specifically in Latin or Greek)?
posted by John Raskolnikov Gilson on Aug 19, 2013 - 4 answers

Poor in spirit

This will seem like an obnoxious question, but I have my reasons. Would "Beati meretrices" be a grammatically accurate Latin translation of "Blessed are the whores"?
posted by outlandishmarxist on Aug 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Latin legal phrase?

Does anyone know the Latin (?) phrase for when a judge authors both an opinion AND a special companion opinion (concurrence or dissent)?
posted by mmiddle on Jul 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Reading Catullus 85 out loud (in Latin)

Help me remember how to read Catullus 85 ("Odi et amo ...") out loud in Latin. [more inside]
posted by DevonKappa on Jun 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Looking for a specific Cuban Restaurant in Detroit area

If my memory serves me (it often does not), awhile ago I went to a Cuban restaurant in the suburbs of Detroit (probably north) that I'd like to find again. I remember that it was small (seating-wise), non-chain, not very fancy, off a very small (residential?) street and the food was great; I think the interior was yellow and there was writing on the walls everywhere. It was popular and full when I was there last. I've done by due diligence with google and yelp but haven't found it there; I don't think it's Vincente's (downtown) or El Guanaco (Troy); any ideas? I'm open to suggestions in the area if you don't know the specific restaurant. Thanks!
posted by royalchinook on Jun 20, 2013 - 3 answers

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