Sunday, September 24, 2017

Latin LOLCat: Wisdom

Here is today's Latin LOLCat; you can see a very similar rhyme in this poster (it's common for there to be little variations like this from one version of a proverb to another). If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Discat, qui nescit, nam sic sapientia crescit.

Let him learn who does not know, for thus does knowledge grow.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Latin LOLCat: Sleep

Here is today's Latin LOLCat: Today's item comes from the Monostichs of the so-called Cato. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog. This is a good message to both end of the spectrum: too much sleep is not good, too little sleep is not good. Quod satis est, dormi!

Quod satis est, dormi.

Sleep as much as is enough.



Friday, September 22, 2017

Latin LOLCat: Writing

Here is today's Latin LOLCat: The Latin verb scribere which you see here gives us the English word "scribe." More about the etymology here. It also gives us scribble. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Scribendo disces scribere.

You will learn to write by writing.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Latin LOLCat: Imperator

Here is today's Latin LOLCat: The Latin word imperator which you see here gives us the English word "emperor" - but the root meaning is "commander, someone who gives orders" (imperatives), so I chose "boss" for the English version. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Egomet sum mihi imperator.

I am my own boss.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Latin LOLCat: Master of Money

Here is today's Latin LOLCat: The Latin saying features verbs (imperare, to command, give orders to; servire, to serve, be a slave to) - but I couldn't find a really vivid pair of English verbs that brought out the contrast, so I decided to use the noun pair master-slave instead. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Pecuniae imperare oportet, non servire.

You must be the master of money, not its slave.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Latin LOLCat: Pleasure

Some of you may be familiar with the long-running series of Latin LOLCats that I had been publishing at one of my Latin blogs (but in Latin only, without the English translation). The goal at that blog was to help students with their Latin, hence my reluctance to provide an English translation. The proverbs were carefully chosen to use only vocabulary found on a the 1000-word Latin Core Vocabulary List. Now that I am shifting my attention to English proverbs, however, I will be publishing those LOLCats here - with an English translation each time, of course!

Here is the first of those Latin LOLCats - with English. Today's saying is adapted from Cicero:

Voluptate capimur omnes.

We are all prisoners of pleasure.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Latin LOLCat: Days without Peace

Here is today's Latin LOLCat. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

O quam difficiles sunt sine pace dies!

O how difficult are days without peace!