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Latin Phrases Romans Used around the House

Here is what everyone has been asking for, a totally new category of language jokes: everyday Latin phrases that Romans used around the ouse. These are phrases perfectly translated from Latin that will impress if not amaze all your Latin-speaking friends. Former Vice President Dan Quayle admitted that his trip to Latin America would have been much more enjoyable had he studied Latin before traveling there. Study this page and avoid that kind of disappointment in your travels.

A Glossary of Latin Phrases Everyone Loves
  • Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit. To boldly go where no man has gone before.
  • (At a barbeque) Animadvertisine, ubicumque stes, fumum recta in faciem ferri? Ever noticed how wherever you stand, the smoke goes right into your face?
  • Antiquis temporibus, nati tibi similes in rupibus vntosissimis exponebantur ad necem. In the good old days, children like you were left to perish on windswept crags.
  • Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus! Let's all wear mood rings!
  • Braccae illae virides cum subucula rosea et tunica Caledonia-quam elenganter concinnatur! Those green pants go so well with that pink shirt and the plaid jacket.
  • Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris. If Caesar were alive, you'd be chained to an oar.
  • Canis meus id comedit. My dog ate it.
  • Catapultam habeo. Isi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane. I have a catapult. Give me all the money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head.
  • Caterva carissima mea est Cimictus. My favorite group is the Beatles.
  • Clamo, clamatis, omnes clamamus pro glace lactis. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.
  • Cogito, ergo doleo. I think, therefore I am depressed.
  • Credo nos in fluctu eodem esse. I think we're on the same wavelength.
  • Cum catapulatae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt. When catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults.
  • Demum, veniunt porci. At last, here come the pigs.
  • Die dulci fruere. Have a nice day.
  • Di! Ecce hora! Uxor mea me necabit! God, look at the time! My wife will kill me!
  • Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre? Is that a scroll in your toga, or are you just happy to see me?
  • Fac me cocleario vomere! Gag me with a spoon!
  • Fac ut gaudeam. Make my day.
  • Feles mala! Cur cista non uteris? Stramentum novum in ea pousi. Bad kitty! Why don't you use the cat box? I put new litter in it.
  • Imus ad magum Ozi videndum, magum Ozi mirum mirissimum. We are going to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz.
  • Lex clavatatoris designati rescindenda est. The designated hitter rule has to go.
  • Mellita, domi adsum. Honey, I'm home.
  • Mihi ignosce. Cum homine de cane debeo congredi. Excuse me. I've got to see a man about a dog.
  • Ne auderis delere orbem rigidum meum! Don't you dare erase my hard disk!
  • Noli me vocare, ego te vocabo. Don't call me, I'll call you.
  • Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat. It's not the heat, it's the humidity.
  • Non possum credere me totum edisse. I can't believe I ate the whole thing.
  • Non plaudite. Modo pecuniam jacite. Don't applaud. Just throw money.
  • Nunc prehende uxore meam...sis! Take my wife....please!
  • Nupperime de Gallia huc volavi! Mehercule, bracchia mea defatiga sunt! I just flew in from Gaul, and boy, are my arms tired!
  • Oblitus sum perpolire clepsydras! I forgot to polish the clocks!
  • Purgamentum init, exit purgamentum. Garbage in, garbage out.
  • Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari? How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
  • Quisque comodeus est. Everybody's a comedian.
  • Quomodo cogis comas tuas sic videri? How do you get your hair to do that?
  • Radix lecti Couch potato.
  • Raptus regaliter Royally screwed.
  • Si hoc signum legere potes, operis boni in rebus Latinus alacribus et fructuosis potiri potes! If you can read this sign, you can get a good job in the fast-paced, high-paying world of Latin!
  • Sit vis tecum. May the force be with you.
  • Sit vis nobiscum. May the force be with yall.
  • Sola lingua bona est lingua mortua. The only good language is a dead language.
  • Solum potestis prohibere ignes silvarum. Only you can prevent forest fires.
  • Tam exanimis quam tunica nehru fio. I am as dead as the nehru jacket.
  • Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure. I can't hear you. I have a banana in my ear.
  • Totum dependeat. Let it all hang out.
  • Utinam barbari saptium proprium tuum invadant! May barbarians invade your personal space!
  • Utinam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant! May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy!
  • Vacca foeda Stupid cow.
  • Vah! Denuone Latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur Oh! Was I speaking Latin again? Silly me. Sometimes it just sort of slips out.
  • Vescere bracis meis. Eat my shorts.
  • Vidistine nuper imagines moventes bonas? Seen any good movies lately?
  • Visne saltare? Viam Latam Fungosam scio. Do you want to dance? I know the Funky Broadway.
From the prodigious collection of Paul Ogden. Our gratitude to Berna Beeker for helping us touch them up.

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