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Wednesday, 16 July 2003


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1618 - One for the silly mad Latinist

From Guards! Guards!, by Terry Pratchett:

Over the door [of the Watch House, the police headquarters] a motto in the ancient tongue of the city was now almost eroded by time and grime and lichen, but could just be made out:
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC


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From:jdm314
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Whoa, hey, good thing I caught this! I have to admit that I don't regularly read your journal, but I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to catch this entry.

Yeah, I've heard that quote before. The Latin is of course, not real, but then again it's not supposed to be real Latin, is it? Actually DIEM is quite correct ;) The literal translation of "make my day" would be fac diem meum (well, that could conceivably also be meam... I've never seen a good explanation of how to predict when dies will be masculine, and when feminine.) In Latin for All Occasions, I believe Henry Beard rendered that phrase as "Fac ut gaudeam," roughly "Make me happy" (more literally "Make it so that I rejoice").

Punk, I have recently learned, originally meant pathicus... but we won't go there. I frankly like PVNC better. And so, I would think, does beluosus.
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From:jmaynard
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I think Pratchett struck a good balance between accuraacy and having people actually get the joke. PVNC does indeed seem appropriate...

As for the linked journal...damn. I haven't run into a journal written entirely in Latin before. My brain hurts.
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From:jdm314
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Heh heh, well check my journal next week for more ;)

By the way, FABRICATI DIEM in actual Latin would mean something like "Oh, what day of a constructed person!" or possibly "Oh, what a day of a person who has constructed something!" ... Um, yeah.

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