Classics nerds of MeFi! Name my dad's adorable Latin YouTube channel?
May 20, 2016 1:19 AM   Subscribe

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?

You have done such an awesome job naming things I thought you could do better than his "Latinmonger" or my "Eureka! Online Latin"-- it should be catchy and fun but I am coming up short. Our last name rhymes with Belting. Latin puns appreciated. If you want to throw in bonus tips about producing a YouTube series like this, that would be great too. He lives alone so I want to support this creative project!
posted by athirstforsalt to Computers & Internet (45 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
 
We Bono
posted by Polycarp at 1:25 AM on May 20, 2016 [1 favorite]


Let's Learn Latin!
posted by PenDevil at 1:37 AM on May 20, 2016 [1 favorite]


Lorem Ipsum
posted by DarlingBri at 1:52 AM on May 20, 2016 [23 favorites]


In Love with Latin!
posted by zagyzebra at 2:08 AM on May 20, 2016


Romanes Eunt Domus
posted by crocomancer at 2:20 AM on May 20, 2016 [7 favorites]


He must have already thought of and rejected YPQR!

Youtube Populusque Romanus

Please report back when this channel is live.
posted by Gotanda at 2:35 AM on May 20, 2016 [23 favorites]


I like this: collige virgo rosas from here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Latin_phrases_(full)
posted by b33j at 2:39 AM on May 20, 2016


Veni Vidi Youtube
posted by roosterboy at 2:42 AM on May 20, 2016 [28 favorites]


Youtube Delenda Est
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:39 AM on May 20, 2016


Fun with Latin

Cogito, ergo fun
posted by tilde at 3:41 AM on May 20, 2016 [9 favorites]


Et tu, Tubes?
posted by taff at 3:46 AM on May 20, 2016 [23 favorites]


Veni Vidi What?!
posted by sheldman at 3:57 AM on May 20, 2016 [3 favorites]


Semper Ubi, Sub Ubi
posted by noonday at 4:09 AM on May 20, 2016 [9 favorites]


Please let us know when he gets it up and running.
posted by james33 at 4:34 AM on May 20, 2016 [6 favorites]


Ore stabit: "O rest a bit" and watch Youtube? This one is kind of Monty Python-esque.
posted by BibiRose at 4:37 AM on May 20, 2016


Quid Facit!
posted by milk white peacock at 4:39 AM on May 20, 2016


A little bit more about "Ore stabit:" the full text is "ORE STABIT FORTIS ARARE PLACET ORE STAT," which if you divide it differently reads "O rest a bit for 'tis a rare place to rest at." This is the kind of thing Latin teachers like to write on the board and get an unwitting student to translate. Unlike a lot of that joke Latin, it convinces as Latin, albeit sort of archaic and portentous, like the 12 Tables. Translation: "He will stand on his face, strong to plow. It pleases. He stands on his face." Also a lot of classical epigraphy involves figuring out where to divide words. My professor used to write it out in all caps with no word divisions. A very nerdy joke.

Here's a picture of the bench with the inscription.
posted by BibiRose at 4:52 AM on May 20, 2016 [9 favorites]


Latin amat omnes!

Echoing the others: I would definitely watch this!
posted by orrnyereg at 4:53 AM on May 20, 2016 [1 favorite]


Eat Your Latin
posted by michaelh at 5:33 AM on May 20, 2016 [3 favorites]


Carpe Tedium?

Latin Blaster? (80's and 90's kids should get the joke)
posted by Thorzdad at 5:36 AM on May 20, 2016


Teeny Video vici, if they're short videos.
posted by rodlymight at 5:51 AM on May 20, 2016


I have to go with Semper Ubi Sub Ubi (without the comma).
posted by Dolley at 5:52 AM on May 20, 2016 [1 favorite]


I really like Latinmonger actually. For a person who doesn't speak Latin, it's immediately obvious what the channel is about. And it's very memorable!
posted by St. Peepsburg at 6:06 AM on May 20, 2016 [21 favorites]


Video Vides Videt
posted by Liesl at 6:43 AM on May 20, 2016 [1 favorite]


A Dead Language on a Lively Medium (maybe better as a tagline)

Veni, Vidi, Videos (or Veni, vidi, Vivo if he switches streaming platform)

Veni, videos, vici.
posted by wenestvedt at 7:07 AM on May 20, 2016 [8 favorites]


This sounds like a really fun thing to watch and I just wanted to echo St. Peepsburg's comment that I think the name should be something non-Latin speakers would understand what it's about. I have favorited suggestions accordingly ("veni vidi youtube", "et tu tubes", "veni, vidi, videos")
posted by like_neon at 7:18 AM on May 20, 2016 [3 favorites]


From Sir With Amare
posted by the webmistress at 8:17 AM on May 20, 2016 [1 favorite]


hic, haec, hoc
posted by umbĂș at 8:58 AM on May 20, 2016 [2 favorites]


Veni, vidi, didici

(I came, I saw, I learned)
posted by Michele in California at 10:32 AM on May 20, 2016 [3 favorites]


TuTube? VosTube?
posted by nightwood at 10:46 AM on May 20, 2016 [1 favorite]


Romanes Eunt Domus

I'd suggest a slight modification: Discipulus Eunt Videre
posted by rhizome at 11:18 AM on May 20, 2016


LOL - Latin Out Loud
posted by Promethea at 12:45 PM on May 20, 2016 [7 favorites]


Et tu, Tubes?
posted by taff at 6:46 AM on May 20


DANG IT! I was going to suggest "Et Tu, YouTube?"!

"The Latin Captain", maybe? "Rappin' Latin with the Latin Captain"? "Chitchattin' in Latin with the Latin Captain"?

Release new episodes only during morning hours and always show your dad drinking coffee: "Latin and Lattes"!

You could appeal to the mischievous nature of school kids and do a play on the idea of Vulgar Latin. Something like "We Like Our Latin Vulgar", or "Talk Vulgar Latin to Me". In my admittedly limited experience, anytime you even hint to students that they have the opportunity to learn foul language, you'll have their undivided attention. How well this will go over with the administration, however....
posted by magstheaxe at 1:36 PM on May 20, 2016


Forum Romanum!
posted by Omnomnom at 1:46 PM on May 20, 2016 [1 favorite]


Didn't mark favorites because these are ALL SO GOOD! Dang, punny people! I am so cheered not only by these names but by the general interest. I'll keep y'all posted on the name he chooses and post the show here, when it goes live. But I mean, keep 'em coming: these are making my day.
posted by athirstforsalt at 1:49 PM on May 20, 2016 [5 favorites]


I like "Et tu" as well. Just plain "Et tu."
posted by cross_impact at 1:50 PM on May 20, 2016 [3 favorites]


Latin? Seriously Latin?
posted by ridgerunner at 2:46 PM on May 20, 2016


If he'll translate anything military, I like "arma verbumque cano".

Or "Axioma verbumque cano", but it doesn't scan as well.. "Oram verbumque cano".. Oh I like "Romam verbumque cano" (I sing of Rome and the word!). But Romam is pretty far from arma..
posted by nat at 2:50 PM on May 20, 2016


VosTuborum? I don't actually know Latin.
posted by biogeo at 5:07 PM on May 20, 2016


Bo Bis Bit
posted by Sunshower at 5:20 PM on May 20, 2016


Does What It Says On Latin
posted by SNACKeR at 5:45 PM on May 20, 2016 [2 favorites]


"It slowly killed the Romans."

From the unforgettable:
"Latin is a dead language
As dead as it can be,
It slowly killed the Romans
And it's slowly killing me."

But do please let us know about this. I <3 etymolygy.
posted by workerant at 8:23 PM on May 20, 2016 [1 favorite]


Veni Vidi Video
posted by Sebmojo at 2:59 AM on May 21, 2016


Your dad nailed it: Like Bill Nye for Latin.
posted by progosk at 4:09 AM on May 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


(Your dad's name) the Latin Guy.

Especially if there is some way to make his name "sing" with that phrase the way Bill Nye the Science Guy sings.
posted by Michele in California at 10:42 AM on May 21, 2016


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