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01/23/2005: Trivia (not, however, Trivium)

This will probably generate no interest whatsoever, but what the hell...

I'm feeling Latinesque (Latinate?) today. To make it easier, most will be "match" type questions. Match the appropriate English name/title/phrase with its Latin translation (unless the question asks for a different response).

I) My favorite group is...
Caterva carissima mea est...

a) The Beatles 1) Lapides Provolventes

b) The Rolling Stones 2) Pueri Litoris

c) The Grateful Dead 3) Ille Quis

d) The Beach Boys 4) Simitatores

e) The Temptations 5) Inlecebrae

f) The Who 6) Cimictus

g) The Monkees 7) Iosephus Agrestis Piscesque

h) Country Joe and the Fish 8) Mortui Grati

II) Timeless movie lines (match the Latin translation with the English original):

a) Fac ut gaudeam. 1) Round up the usual suspects.

b) Conlige suspectos semper habitas. 2) You know, Toto, I have a feeling
we're not in Kansas anymore.

c) Certe, Toto, sentio nos in Kansate 3) Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
non iam adesse.

d) Re vera, cara mea, mea nil refert. 4) Make my day.

III) Which of the following Latin translations is really a hidden insult (i.e., the translation we're giving is inaccurate, and hiding an insulting statement in the actual Latin)? For extra credit, what is the actual translation of the hidden insult?

No, excuse me, I believe I'm next.
Non, mehi ignosce, credo me insequentem esse.

I gave at the office.
In tabulario donationem feci.

I'm sorry we couldn't do business.
Stercorem pro cerebro habes.

Your place or mine?
Apudne te vel me?

IV) Is this a sentiment you might think you'd hear voiced by a member of the Roma chapter of the NRA: Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscripti catapultas habebunt.

Len on 01.23.05 @ 08:49 PM CST


Replies: 3 comments

on Monday, January 24th, 2005 at 9:51 AM CST, Roboto said

(I) a-6; c-8; g-4;d-2;f-3;h-7;e-5;b-1.

(II) c-2; a-4; d-3; b-1.

(III) My Latin vocabulary skills are too weak to figure this one out.

(IV) Yes, the Roman cahpter of the NRA probably all had this on the bumper of their chariots. Did the Romans ever actually try to outlaw catapults?

I really miss college Latin.

on Monday, January 24th, 2005 at 10:39 AM CST, Len Cleavelin said

It was high school Latin for me, but I was raised Catholic, so what would you expect?

III is actually easier than it looks. You have a few more hours to wrap your mind around it, if you choose. The rest of your answers look spot on, unless I'm having a brain fart....


on Monday, January 24th, 2005 at 11:24 AM CST, Roboto said

No more Latin for me.

One summer at the UofM, I finished out my 200-series Latin studies to finish out my graduation requirements and ended up tutoring (and dating) the most wonderful girl in the world. We ended up breaking up on the last day of class and never spoke again.

I actually ended up dropping out of the advanced Latin (300 series) because my heart was still broken.

Hinc illae lacrimae.

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