Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Maureen Dowd Shares Her Opinions in Latin

In an op-ed entitled "Are We Rome? Tu Betchus!" Maureen Dowd attempts to explain why the Republicans are losing this election-in Latin! It's funny, clever, and in near-perfect translation. Especially entertaining are the phrases that have no true equivalent in Latin, such as "lipstick on a pig" (lipsticka in porcam), "a little blow" (snifferendum cocaini minimi), and her inclusion of standard Latin phrases into English in a reversal of the Latin that we would include in our own rhetoric: "Oh bloody sight!" Be sure to read the comments of her readers. For more on Latin in present-day America, read last week's article in the NY Times "A Dead Language That's Very Much Alive."

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