Today’s Latin Translations

Who says the Latin language is dead?  Here are the modern translations of some common Latin words and phrases.

By David Batterson
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Julius Caesar’s “Commentarii de Bello Gallico,” one of the most famous classical Latin translations. Public Domain.

Who says the Latin language is dead (except for some legal and medical terminology)?  We looked at common Latin words and phrases, which often refer to modern times. Here are their modern translations.

Subpoena
Below the penis

Sic transit gloria mundi
Gloria got sick Monday on a bus

Carpe diem
Clean carpets today

Mens sana in corpore sano
Sane men in company sauna

Ex malo bonum
From a male’s boner

Saltus in demonstrando
(Use) salt in recipe

Per rectum ad astra
Preparation H advertisement

Ad nauseam
Annoying advertisement

Ad absurdum
Stupid advertisement

Quot homines tot sententiae
Humans quote sentimental tots

Vera natura
Vera is naked

Tempus fugit
Fuck time!

Sine die
Die, sinuses!

Facio liberos ex liberis libris libraque
Liberace filed libel for lies in a book

Pro bono publico
Praise Bono’s philanthrophy

Dominus fortitudo nostra
Our Fortnite dominates

Obit anus, abit onus
Dead butt, a little concerning

Labor omnia vincit
Van Gogh always worked hard

Et tu, Brute?
Ate two (pies), Brutus?

Nemo malus felix
Nemo, a male cat

Caveat emptor
No cavities!

Deus ex machina
Ex is a Machiavellian douche

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