Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?

If you’re fluent in Latin, you’ll know what the title is all about. What if you just want to impress your friends? Here’s a handy list of Latin sayings that you can pepper into your daily conversation (I know I’m going to!).

Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?
– How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Sona si Latine loqueris. – Honk if you speak Latin.
Vacca foeda – Stupid cow
Utinam barbari spatium proprium tuum invadant!
– May barbarians invade your personal space!
Utinam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant!
– May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy!
Radix lecti – Couch potato
O! Plus! Perge! Aio! Hui! Hem!
– Oh! More! Go on! Yes! Ooh! Ummm!
Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem!
– Stand aside plebians! I am on imperial business.
Fac ut vivas. – Get a life.
Ventis secundis, tene cursum. – Go with the flow.

Have fun with it!

(Thanks to Dark Roasted Blend for the great list!)


Do people really speak Latin anymore?

aristotle3-latin_textYears ago, students in schools throughout North America took Latin classes on a regular basis, just as many of our children now take French or Spanish.  But is the language still spoken outside of the Catholic Church?

Pope Benedict XVI is so adamant about trying to revive the use of Latin, he regularly holds conversations in Latin and did you know, the only place in the world where an ATM machine offers Latin as a language selection is in Vatican City at the Vatican Bank?

The Vatican’s Latin Foundation is also regularly working on modern translations into Latin, updating its dictionary with words like “dishwasher” (escariorum lavatory) and “rush hour” (tempus maximae frequentiae).  Words are added on a regular basis and one look at the list will make you chuckle. (Most of it is in Italian and then translated to Latin, but there are several English words on the list as well.)

Should this ancient language be kept up?  Will we really need it in the future?

(Thanks to Mental Floss for the interesting information!)