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From cocktail party chitchat, to bumper stickers, to personal ads—everything you'll ever need to say in perfect Latin! A backlistius bestsellerus.

Calling ex-alter boys, private-school alumni, and every girl who dreamed of being Audrey Hepburn in A Nun's Story--a sinfully irreverent guide to saying in Latin the things you never read in your prayer or grammar books.

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Overview

From cocktail party chitchat, to bumper stickers, to personal ads—everything you'll ever need to say in perfect Latin! A backlistius bestsellerus.

Calling ex-alter boys, private-school alumni, and every girl who dreamed of being Audrey Hepburn in A Nun's Story--a sinfully irreverent guide to saying in Latin the things you never read in your prayer or grammar books.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555254384
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 11/3/1991
  • Format: Cassette

Meet the Author

Henry Beard founded the National Lampoon along with Doug Kenney and Rob Hoffmann. Prior to National Lampoon, Beard collaborated with Kenney at the Harvard Lampoon during the late 1960s, producing nationally distributed parodies of Life and Time magazines and a book-length parody of The Lord of the Rings called Bored of the Rings. Since leaving National Lampoon, Beard has authored and co-authored over 30 humor books.

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I.
Conversational Latin
Lingua Latina Conlocutioni

Cocktail Party Chitchat
Hot enough for you?
Satine caloris tibi dies est?
Run into much traffic on the way over?
Eratne turba magna vehiculorum obviam tibi venienti huc?
What do you think I paid for this watch?
Quanto putas mihi stetisse hoc horologium carpale?
You know what I think? I think . . .
Visne scire quid credem? Credo . . .
that all wrestling is fixed.
luctationes omnes praestitutas esse.
that flying saucers are real.
astronaves orbiculares exsistere.
that Elvis is still alive.
Elvem ipsum etiam vivere.
that the weather has been altered by rocket launches.
missiones pyraulorum statum caeli mutavisse.
that no one's barbecue sauce is better than mine.
neminem facere liquamen assatorium melius quam meum.

Conversation Fillers
Is that so?
Ain tu?
Really?
Vero?
You don't say!
Dic! Itane est?
You can say that again!
Hercle qui tu recte dicis!
You know what they say . . .
Ut proverbium loquitur vetus . . .
here today, gone tomorrow.
quod adest hodie, cras aberit.
seen one, seen them all.
uno cum noris, omnia noris.
what goes around, comes around.
circumit ad idem, unde profectum est, reveniet.
que sera, sera.
quod fiet, fiet.

Conversation Enders
God! Look at the time! My wife will kill me!
Di! Ecce hora! Uxor mea me necabit!
Excuse me. Ifive got to see a man about a dog.
Mihi ignosce. Nunc est mihi cum quodam negotium de cane.
Darn! There goes my beeper!
Heu! Tintinnuntius meus sonat!
I'm outta here.
Abeo.
Have a nice day.
Sit hic dies tibi iucundus.
Pithy Latin Expressions
By that very fact.
Ipso facto.
No way.
Nullo modo.
Read my lips.
Lege labia.
A done deal.
Pactum factum.
Fat chance.
Forsitan fiat.
Accidentally on purpose.
Casu consulto.
Royally screwed.
Raptus regaliter.
In a world of hurt.
Oppido dolens.
Hopefully.
Spes est.

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Table of Contents

Contents
INDEX CAPITUM
Preface (Prefatio) vii

I. Conversational Latin (Lingua Latina Conlocutioni) 1
II. Informational Latin (Lingua Latina Nuntiis) 7
III. Occupational Latin (Lingua Latina Occupationi) 15
IV. Recreational Latin (Lingua Latina Oblectamentis) 23
V. Practical Latin (Lingua Latina Utilis) 33
VI. Tactical Latin (Lingua Latina Rationi) 41
VII. Cultural Latin (Lingua Latina Docta) 51
VIII. Social Latin (Lingua Latina Vitae Communi) 59
IX. Sensual Latin (Lingua Latina Libidinosa) 69
X. Gastronomical Latin (Lingua Latina Cenatica) 75
XI. Familial Latin (Lingua Latina Domestica) 83
XII. Formal Latin (Lingua Latina Ritibus) 91
XIII. Casual Latin (Lingua Latina Quotidiana) 97
XIV. Personal Latin (Lingua Latina Propria) 105
XV. Convivial Latin (Lingua Latina Hilaris) 113
XVI. International Latin (Lingua Latina Foris) 121
XVII. Essential Latin (Lingua Latina Necessaria) 129
XVIII. Pop-Cultural Latin (Lingua Latina Popularis) 141
XIX. Celebrational Latin (Lingua Latina Festiva) 153
XX. A Brief Guide to Latin Pronunciation

(Locutio Linguae Latinae Paucis Verbis Explanatur) 163
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