Sunday, July 27, 2014

Latin LOLCat: Content

Here is today's Latin LOLCat. The Latin word sors (sort-), refers to the casting of lots, so from this word we get both the English magical word "sorcery" and also the un-magical word "sort." If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Vive tua sorte contentus.

Live and be content with your lot in life.


Poster: Summer and Winter



What summer stores up, the winter consumes.
(Polish: Co lato odkłada, to zima przejada.)


The poster is made with AutoMotivator. The image shows home-canned food at Wikipedia.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Latin LOLCat: Different

Here is today's Latin LOLCat. As someone with a hobby as eccentric as the making of Latin LOLCats, you can imagine that this one is near and dear to my heart. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Diversis diversa placent, et sua gaudia cuique.

Different people like different things, and each person has their own pleasures.


Poster: Cats



Better have cats' good will than their ill will.
(English proverb)


The source for the proverb is Early American Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases by Bartlett Jere Whiting (Amazon). The poster is made with AutoMotivator. The image is by 12story (Flickr).

Friday, July 25, 2014

Latin LOLCat: I Laugh

Here is today's Latin LOLCat. It's a play, in every sense of the word, on the famous "Cogito, ergo sum" of Descartes. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Rideo, ergo sum.

I laugh, therefore I am.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Latin LOLCat: Good Name

Here is today's Latin LOLCat. This name is your reputation, of course - although when you call someone "names" in English, that refers to ill repute, while this proverb is about your good reputation! If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Bonum para nomen, et dormi secure.

Secure your good name, and sleep soundly.


Shakespeare: He that sleeps

Today's Shakespearean proverb is from Cymbeline:

He that sleeps feels not the toothache.


For more proverbs from Shakespeare, see Shakespeare Proverbs by Mary Cowden Clarke (1848).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Poster: Toot Your Horn


If you don’t toot your own horn, nobody else will.
(Proverb from the USA)

The source for the proverb is David Crystal's book, As They Say in Zanzibar: Proverbial Wisdom from Around the World (Oxford University Press: 2006). The poster is made with AutoMotivator.

The image is by ep_jhu at Flickr.

Latin LOLCat: Peace

Here is today's Latin LOLCat. For those of you who study Latin, this is a great way to remember the sneaky neuter ending for comparative adjectives: gratior is the masculine/feminine word meaning "more welcome," while gratius is the neuter form. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Nihil gratius pace.

Nothing is more welcome than peace.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Latin LOLCat: Every Day

Here is today's Latin LOLCat. I made this LOLCat for a special blog post at my OU Digital Tools blog, and I have some notes about the Latin saying at the Audio Latin Proverbs blog. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Nulla dies sine linea.

No day without a line.


Poster: Go Around



Better to go around the manure than to move it.
(Polish: Gówno lepiej obejść, jak ruszyć.)


The poster is made with AutoMotivator. The image is a picture of manure at Wikipedia.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Latin LOLCat: Brothers

Here is today's Latin LOLCat. The words come from the Roman historian Sallust. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Quis amicior quam frater fratri?

Who is a greater friend than a brother is to his brother?


Poster: The Soul



Yet stab at thee who will, no stab the soul can kill!
(Sir Walter Raleigh)

The source for the proverb is Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical by Charles Noel Douglas (Bartleby.com). The poster is made with AutoMotivator. The image shows the duel of Volker the minstrel and Islan the monk at Wikipedia.