Saturday, March 5, 2016

Latin LOLCat: Omens

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

Literally it means: Go with GOOD BIRDS. Hence the image! The Romans were especially interested in divination through bird signs. Our English word "auspicious" actually has bird-watching in it:

auspex = avis (bird) + spex (watching)

So the auspex was literally a "bird-seer" (in the prophetic sense of seer), and something auspicious was full of good omens, i.e. good birds.

Ito bonis avibus.

Go with good omens.

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