oh those little red and green books
"saepe stilum vertas, iterum quae digna legi sint
scripturus, neque te ut miretur turba labores,
contentus paucis lectoribus."
Horace Satires 1.10.72-74
"Often you will use your eraser, if you are going to write something worthy of being read over again, and you should be content with few readers, not that the crowds wonder at your works."
according to the Roman satirist Lucilius, the stern politician Marcus Crassus (nicknamed “Laughless”) only laughed once in his life
he was watching a donkey eat thistles, and he chuckled, “Thistles are like lettuce to a donkey”
I said “have a nice day!” to this old dude and apparently that’s not fucking good enough because he retrieved his wallet and from like a stack of 30 of these things pulled one out and gave it to me and said something like “I hope you reconsider your choices next time”
This is the most self entitled shit i’ve seen all day
what the fUCK
this makes me want to make a courtesy card about linguistic change over time and the older equivalents to such simple statements:
have a nice day: equivalent to “I hope you have a nice day,” though expressed using what is formally referred to as the imperative mood, introduces not, in fact, a formal command, but something more akin to an optative or optative subjunctive (which moods do not have special conjugations in English present tenses)
have a good one: also equivalent to “have a nice day,” or “I hope you have a nice day,” see above for full explanation on mood and tense
not a problem: equal to “you’re welcome,” “my pleasure,” or “of course,” it can imply to the listener that s/he should not worry that the speaker felt any pressure or trouble in assisting in a minor request; most often it expresses a level of informality that would be appropriate for a stranger or, as one might imagine, a minor request rather than a serious or burdensome one
If you have received this card, you may have been alarmed at the lack of capitalized first letters of sentences, however, as I am handing you a card on the street and the grammar is fully recognizable from formal grammatical sources, it seems rather unnecessary to go to lengths to be formal. Ultimately, I intend only to open your eyes to linguistic change over time, which is inevitable even if it does not please you.
I hope you understand that younger generations are not trying to offend or upset you, but instead understand these phrases as part of polite interaction! Thanks!
"βοῦς ἐπὶ γλώσσῃ μέγας βέβηκεν
A great ox has tread on [my] tongue (“Cat got my tongue!”)"
Aeschylus, Agamemnon, 36-37 (via feeloctetes)
perks of being a latinist: knowing words you’ve never actually seen
which makes me ballin at quizup, where i’m learning such words as:
which are really not even that good examples of things that make perfect sense to me but which only make sense because I have SO MUCH context for them
My sister asks me linguistics questions pretty frequently
and recently asked me about “articulate” and how it relates both to speaking and mechanical joints
artus, -us: joint, limb
articulare: separate into joints
so you can be separating your words distinctly OR also dealing with mechanical physical ACTUAL joints.
had to use that Online Etymology Dictionary to check myself.
Nova Iuncta Verba Latina / New Latin Compounds
ἡ κανονιοσφαῖρα -ας / canoniosphaera -ae f. “cannonball”
[κανόνιον (cf. Modern Greek κανόνι) “canon” + σφαῖρα “ball”]
[κανονιο- + σφαιρα-] stems
[κανονιοσφαιρα-] new stem
[κανονιοσφαῖρα] nominative singular
[canoniosphaera] κανονιοσφαῖρα Latinized
MIT’s Tangible Media is coming along nicely,
"Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that’s only the beginning."Imagine sliding the panel into a car engine to work on a spot that you couldn’t get an arm into. Imagine a game where one person has a little remote control car and the other person has to make walls with their hands to keep it from getting across. Imagine a table by your bed so you can go to sleep holding hands with someone far away. There’s just so many ways this is cool.
I keep wanting to say “Quid agunt, Ustedes?” and I think it might be a problem.
goats are literally Masters of Physics
The fourth dimension is not time.
It is goat.
one time i had a classics professor spend two whole class periods telling us why goats are AWESOME
and most of those reasons were “you can feed it trash and it will still produce milk!”
but i think this is a valid reason as well
i forgot for a little while that i love sandhi
but goddamn that shit is brilliant.
hey guys, when you say these sounds together they change
let’s just like
let’s just write it that way. and then we’ll know exactly what word it is because it sounds exactly like it’s spelled.
okay cool let’s do that.