Saturday, September 22, 2007

Veni, Vidi, Vici!


Did you know that according to the most fun calendar in blogdom today is Use a Latin Phrase Day? Some of my favorites include et cetera, verbatim, and id est (i.e.). Simple, but effective! I also love veni, vidi, vici because it is fun to say and makes you feel good...I came, I saw, I conquered! You can even wear this particular phrase on a t-shirt and be da Latin bomb. In addition, it is the title of a fun and educational book called Veni, Vidi, Vici: Conquer Your Enemies, Impress Your Friends with Everyday Latin by Eugene H. Ehrlich. I browsed through it when it first came in the library and wrote down a thing or two to work into casual conversation. For example, saying "Servus ille fortis satis portare me non apperet" instead of "That slave doesn't look strong enough to carry me" sounds much classier, right? And who among us hasn't wondered how to look for an orgy in the most sophisticated of dead languages? Why say, "Any good orgies here this week?", when you could wow them with "Orgia bona hic in his septem diebus?" I'm just saying, it could mean the difference between getting an invitation to all the coolest orgies or being given a blank expression and a shrug for your troubles...
In conclusion, don't be afraid of Latin. Doctors and lawyers use it all the time and you can too!

8 comments:

Churlita said...

Thank you so much. I was looking for a classier way of asking about orgies.

David in DC said...

At Georgetown, back in the day, a bunch of wise-ass frat guys used to wear t-shirts that said:

Vidi, vici. veni.

Most ungentlemanly. I'm glad I went to GW instead. We Colonials don't kiss and tell.

Tara said...

Aww, thanks for the link-up, LB! I didn't post anything for the holiday, but I think the Latin phrase I like is Carpe Diem "seize the day". It's not easy to do, but it's nice when I can. :D It actually means "Pluck the Day"..Heh. But I like "seize" better.

laura b. said...

Churlita: haha! Now watch how the quality of orgies you attend rises.

DiDC: Those fraternity boys knew just enough Latin to charm the ladies, eh?
Glad to hear that you and your boys were more evolved :-)

Tara: Carpe Diem is an excellent phrase! Pluck the day? Sounds like something those Georgetown frat boys might enjoy...

minijonb said...

If I hear someone say "Ergo" one more time I'm going to scream!

laura b. said...

MiniJonB: As well you should! Just make sure you scream in Latin...ut si!

evil-e said...

Caveat Empor is my favorite Latin phrase....so beware buyers!!

laura b. said...

Evil-E: My dad always used to say that! Well, okay, technically Greg Brady's dad...but still, it is very good advice!