Archive for January 9th, 2012


The inscription below the name and dates on this tombstone is a psuedo-Latin rendering of the maxim “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” If you were somehow capable of finding an ancient Roman and stating this to him, he would probably think you were out of your head, because the phrase meaning and humor don’t actually translate into Latin. But as someone who enjoyed reading Latin for All Occasions and Latin for Even More Occasions and writing scripts in Latin that ripped off bad contemporary jokes (it was for a school competition), it makes me chuckle.

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