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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

Link Inside! [more inside]
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

List of simple word roots

I am looking for a text file of a list of words (roughly the 5000-10000 most common English words) and their root word and root word language. My Google Fu only turns up single words or pages that I can type in a word to get to another page to get the etymology. Wikipedia has some stuff, but it is sorted by language root, which is not what I am looking for. I would like to have a long list of words in a text file so that I can manipulate it programatically. Comma separated or whatever, any format would be great. Here is one use case: Yoke - [list of words that have yoke in the etymological history] (Many, many many English words come from the root work for Yoke.) All answers appreciated!
posted by Monkey0nCrack on May 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Help with Latin!

Hey! Any of you Latin aficionados care to help me translate? I'm looking for a phrase that means something like "(Administrative/Bureaucratic/Decision-Making) Power IS (the greatest form of) Power. It's for a faux-sigil for someone who just got a big promotion to an administrative leadership role.
posted by lalalana on May 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Got the Italian Girlfriend Blues...

Any tips from Metafiltrati with latin/italian lady experience to make things calmer or more manageable? [more inside]
posted by letsgomendel on May 9, 2013 - 43 answers

Latin roots of Spanish words

What's a good resource for looking up the Latin roots of Spanish words? (There are a number of fantastic resources for finding the Latin roots of English words, but I'm having a harder time with Spanish words.) [more inside]
posted by jtothes on Apr 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Etruscan resources

I'm learning that many of the customs and traditions that I think of as Roman actually originated from the Etruscans instead. Can anyone recommend some good books, videos, or websites about ancient Etruscan culture and history?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Basic Latin translation

Can someone, please, confirm or correct the following translation from English to Latin: Light and Shadow = Luci atque umbris Why is it not 'lux atque umbris'? Thanks!
posted by Parsnip on Feb 6, 2013 - 6 answers

How would you tell someone else to pronounce this phrase?

I need to insert a pronuciation guide into a script for the following Latin animal name: Pachydiscus seppenradensis. In other words, I just need something on the script page to help the person reading it pronounce it correctly. I can't rely on special symbols or anything longwinded. Just something like is found in this question.
posted by Bookhouse on Jan 1, 2013 - 3 answers

'Actuality is indexical' in Latin?

Please help me high-falute! How would you translate the modal realist tenet 'Actuality is indexical' into Latin? The introductory paragraph in the linked Wikipedia article as well as the summary of tenets should give context for those who'd be interested in providing an answer. Thanks!
posted by Anything on Dec 31, 2012 - 2 answers

I need to translate a line into dense Latin

I need to translate into short Latin the expression "what was about to be disastrous might have spawned its own remedy and thereby never have come to pass at all” I got “Maleficendum se conrectum, itaque abest,” as a first pass. Is that right?
posted by birrellwalsh on Dec 11, 2012 - 10 answers

should I learn Latin or Ancient Greek?

Early next year, I will have a lot of down time in or near places that were visited by the ancient Romans and Greeks. I am a moderate history and language nerd. If I want to read ancient source material related to some of the places I will be visiting, what language should I learn - Latin or Ancient Greek? [more inside]
posted by par court on Sep 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Cell phone use in other countries

Cell phones in countries (Americas-Latin, South, Central etc.) [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Sep 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Vulgate H's in Names

In the Latin Vulgate, what is the story of the extra H's in proper names? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Aug 24, 2012 - 2 answers

God screw the goddamn queen

Universal swear words in latin-american spanish? All I know is Mexican. [more inside]
posted by wutangclan on Aug 16, 2012 - 22 answers

slanting WHAT?

What does the Latin genus name of the Mexican Burrowing Python, "Loxocemus" mean? In particular, what does the "-cemus" part mean? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on May 21, 2012 - 4 answers

How to teach myself Latin?

I want to teach myself Latin. Where should I start? What are some good resources? Is it feasible? [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Apr 29, 2012 - 15 answers

How do you pronounce "visible from orbit" in Latin?

How do you say "Visible from Orbit" in Latin? [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo on Apr 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Black Metal Latin 401: the inverted curse...

Latinfilter: how would one replace "Satan" with "Christ" in the "Vade Retro satanas" exorcism formula? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan on Mar 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Calling all Latin scholars: help needed translating a phrase

Calling all Latin scholars: help needed translating a phrase. Can someone translate 'strength, courage and majesty' into Latin for me please? I'm a bit suspicious of translation sites on the web - will they get the grammar right? Thanks!
posted by Intaglio a go-go on Mar 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Sum Stultus. - I give up. Latin Help Please?

My Latin is very rusty: "Et in perpetuum, frater, ave et vale." is a quote from Catullus. If I substitute filius or amicus do they become vocative, and thus filii and amici? Help. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Mar 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me learn a very selective slice of Greek and Latin words.

Is there a resource where I can learn about the Greek and Latin words that commonly underlie words and names in English? I don't want to learn Greek or Latin, I'm talking about only the words which are commonly useful as 'clues'. [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Mar 13, 2012 - 14 answers

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