Natty Latinisms

I’ve had occasion to think fondly of 3 years of Latin, 50 years and more ago. I wasn’t ever really engaged in rigorous study of the language, though my boyish charm got me the Latin Award at least one of those years. Wish I’d really comprehended the possibilities for fine-tuned imprecations at the time, and been able to summon such as this:

“vade et caca in pilleum et ipse traheatur super aures tuo,” which, loosely translated, means “Go shit in a hat and pull it down over your ears” (lit., “go shit in a [knit] hat & let that same hat itself be pulled over your ears.”)

(See this BoingBoing story for context)

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