X-Treme Latin: Unleash Your Inner Gladiator


The master of American wit-whose books have sold more than four million copies combined-delivers a hilarious handbook of Latin phrases for saying what's really on your mind, without any consequences.
In staff meetings and singles bars, on freeways and fairways- there are aggravating people lurking everywhere these days. But bestselling humorist Henry Beard has the perfect comeback for all prickly situations, offering a slew of quips your ...
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The master of American wit-whose books have sold more than four million copies combined-delivers a hilarious handbook of Latin phrases for saying what's really on your mind, without any consequences.
In staff meetings and singles bars, on freeways and fairways- there are aggravating people lurking everywhere these days. But bestselling humorist Henry Beard has the perfect comeback for all prickly situations, offering a slew of quips your nemesis won't soon forget, or even understand.
Henry's gift is his ability to make fun of popular culture and the current zeitgeist. In X-Treme Latin he provides Latin with an attitude, an indispensable phrasebook that taps the secret power of Latin to deliver, in total safety, hundreds of impeccable put- downs, comebacks, and wisecracks. Within its pages you will learn how to insult or fire coworkers, blame corporate scandals on someone else, cheer at a World Wrestling Entertainment match, talk back to your computer or Game Boy, deal with your road rage, evade threatening situations, snowboard in style, talk like Tony Soprano, and much more.
With dozens more zingers for quashing e-mail pranks, psyching out your golf opponent, giving backhanded compliments, talking back to the television, and evading awkward questions, X-Treme Latin is destined for magnus popularity and will have readers cheering, "Celebremus!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592400140
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/8/2004
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Founder of National Lampoon magazine, Henry Beard is one of America's bestselling humor writers. He has written more than ten previous books, including the classics Miss Piggy's Guide to Life (more than one million copies sold) and O. J.'s Legal Pad (more than 600,000 copies sold). His previous Latin laughs, Latin for All Occasions and Even More Latin for All Occasions, top 200,000 copies in print together.
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Itís often said that Latin is a dead language
Lingua Latina saepe dicitur mortua esse
LEEN-gwah lah-TEE-nah SIGH-pay DEE-kih-tuhr MOHR-too-ah EHS-she
Itís just been taking a long nap
Modum iam pridem meridiatur
MOH-duhm yahm PREE-dehm meh-ree-dih-AH-tuhr
And itís been talking a lot in its sleep
Iam diu autem multa verba facit dormiens
Yahm DIH-ooh OW-tehm MOOL-tah WEHR-bah FAH-kiht DOHR-mih-ehns
In fact, you canít get it to shut up
Re vera, non potes eam in silentium redigere
Ray WAY-rah nohn POH-tess EH-ahm ihn sih-LAYN-tih-uhm reh-DIHG-eh-reh
Look aroundóLatin is all over the place, like a cheap toga
CircumspiceóLingua Latina se pandit ubique tanquam toga vilis
KEER-kuhm-spih-kehóLEEN-gwah lah-TEE-nah say PAHN-diht ooh-BEE-kweh TAHN-kwaum TOH-gah WIH-liss
Lawyers use it to screw you
Iurisperiti ea utuntur ut te defraudent
Yoo-riss-peh-REE-tee EH-ah uh-TOON-tuhr uht tay deh-FROW-dehnt
Doctors use it to scare you shitless
Medici hac lingua utuntur ut alvum evacues ex metu
MEH-dih-kee hock LEEN-gwah uh-TOON-tuhr uht AHL-wuhm ay-WAH-koo-ays eks MEH-tooh
Politicians use it to hide their tracks while they rob you blind
Magistratus ea utuntur ad operienda vestigia cum te despoliant
Mah-gihs-TRAH-toohs EH-ah uh-TOON-tuhr ahd oh-pehr-ih-AYN-dah wehs-TEE-gih- ah kuhm tay deh-SPOH-lih-ahnt
Priests use it to weasel their way out when they get caught playing hide-the-sausage with the altar boys
Sacerdotes in stupro cum acolytisdeprehensi ea utuntur ut se criminibus absolvent
Sah-kehr-DOH-tays ihn STOOP-roh kuhm ah-koh-LEE-teese day-preh-HAYN-see EH- ah uh-TOON-tuhr uht say krih-MIHN-ih-buhss ahb-SOHL-wahnt
Even garden supply stores use it to get you to buy overpriced, short-lived houseplants Etiam venditores rerum hortensium ea utuntur ad persuadendum tibi ut emas maximo pretio plantas vitae brevis
EH-tih-ahm wehn-dih-TOHR-ace RAY-ruhm hohr-TAYN-sih-uhm EH-ah uh-TOON- tuhr ahd pehr-swah-DAYN-duhm TIH-bee uht EH-mahs MAHK-sih-moh PREH-tih-oh PLAHN-tahs WEE-tye BREH-wihss
The fact is, for too long these dirtbags have had a monopoly on this mighty tongue Diutius quidem haec propudia monopolio huius magnifici sermonis fruuntur
Dih-OO-tih-uhs KWIH-dehm hike proh-POOH-dih-ah moh-noh-POH-lih-oh HOO-eeh- uhss mahg-NIH-fih-kee sehr-MOH-nihss frooh-OON-tuhr
But now, thanks to this little book, you too can tap the awsome power of Latin to dismay the ignorant multitudes
Nunc vero, huius libelli gratia, tu quoque potentia reverenda linguae Latinae uti potes ad indoctum vulgus consternandum
Nuhnk WAY-roh, HOO-eeh-uhss lih-BEHL-lee GRAH-tih-ah, too KWOH-kweh poh- TAYN-tih-ah reh-weh-RAYN-dah LEEN-gwigh LAH-tih-nigh OO-tee POH-tehss ahd ihn-DOHK-tuhm WUHL-guhs kohn-stehr-NAHN-duhm
And best of all, youíll be able to insult and abuse one and all in perfect safety, using a language that everyone respects but practically no one understands
Atque haec est optima ratio omnium: maledicere cunctis hominibus et contumeliam imponere satis impune poteris verbis augustis quae cum omnes magno aestimant, tum nemo ferme intellegit
AHT-kweh hike ehst OHP-tih-mah RAH-tih-oh OHM-nih-uhm: mah-leh-DEEK-eh-reh KOONK-tees hoh-MIHN-ih-buhss eht kohn-tuh-MAY-lih-ahm ihm-POH-neh-reh SAH- tihss ihm-POO-neh poh-TEH-rihss WAYR-beese ow-GOOS-teese kwy kuhm OHM-nays MAHG-noh EYE-stih-mahnt tuhm NEH-mo FAYR-meh ihn-TEHL-leh-giht
And as you pepper your speech with catapult-powered put-downs, remember the immortal words of Maximus as he signaled the attack in Pannonia
Itaque cum spargis orationem tuam praepotentibus opprobriis, memento verborum immortalium quae Maximus fecit signum dans in Pannonia:
Ih-TAH-kweh kuhm SPAHR-ghiss oh-rah-tih-OH-nehm TOO-ahm prigh-poh-TAYN- tih-buhss ohp-PROH-brih-eehs, meh-MEHN-toh wayr-BOH-ruhm ihm-mohr-TAH-lih- uhm kwigh MAHK-sih-muhss FAY-kiht SIHG-nuhm dahns ihn Pahn-NOH-nih-ah:
Unleash hell!
Solve lora infernis!
SOHL-weh LOH-rah ihn-FEHR-nihss!
And have a nice day!
Et futue te ipsum!
Eht FUH-too-eh tay IHP-suhm
Latin Terms in Modern English
Legal Latin
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Medical Latin
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Political Latin
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Ecclesiastical Latin
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Botanical Latin
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Basic Latin Pronunciation Guide
if long, as in ìblahî; if short, as in ìrub-a-dubî
if long, as in ìolÈî; if short as in ìfehî
if long, as in ì ízineî; if short as in ìzitî
if long, as in ìdíohî; if short as in ìnotî
if long, as in ìdudeî; if short as in ìwassupî
There is really no simple way to tell if a vowel is long or short, but if the word is shortó one syllableótreat the vowel as short. The last syllable of verb endings are almost always short. If a, i, o, or u, come at the end of a word, theyíre long; if e comes at the end of a word, itís short. If a vowel is followed by two consonants, itís long. For other situations, pronuntia utrolibet modo! (wing it!)
as in ìThaiî
as in ìouchî
as in ìheyî
as in ìhey, youî
as in ìgoyî
as in ìptuiî
b, d, f, h, l, m, n, and p are the same as in English. So are k and z, which are rare in Latin anyway. j, w, and the consonant y donít exist in Latin.
c, ch
always ìk.î Thatís a KIGH-sahr salad you ordered. You want ANN-koh-veese with that?
g, gn
always ìguh.î The Romans were fighting the GUHR-mahns, not the JUR-mahns, and when they gave the signal to attack, it was a SIHG-nuhm (trumpet blast) not a SEE- nuhm (large bowl).
always ìyuh.î Itís thanks to YOO-lih-uhss (not JOO-lee-yuss) that we celebrate the fourth of July instead of the fourth of Quinctil.
you can rrroll your rís even if theyírrre the last letterrr of a worrrrd.
always ìsss.î The Roman fanss (not fanz) were animalss (not animalz).
t, th
always ìteh.î Teh-hey teh-rew teh-hings at eak ot-teh-her during teh-he nah-tih- oh-nahl (not nashunal) ant-hem (not anthum).
always ìw.î The wolcano that waporized Pompeii was Weh-SOO-wee-uhss.
There are no silent letters in Latinóevery vowel (unless itís part of a two-syllable dipthong) and every consonant is always pronounced fully, and often separately. Of course, there are also no actual Romans around to give you the stink-eye when you mess up.
Lingua Latina Tironibus
Beginning Latin
A Little Story
Puellae filiae agricolarum sunt
The girls are the daughters of the farmers
Puellae pulchrae sunt
The girls are pretty
Puellae nautas in via spectant
The girls see the sailors in the street
Nautae pulchri sunt
The sailors are hunks
Puellae nautas salutant
The girls say hello to the sailors
O malam fortunam! Nautae male mares sunt
Too bad! The sailors are homos
Nautae ad puellas digitos impudicos porrigunt
The sailors give the girls the finger
Puellae nautas appellant
The girls call out to the sailors
ìSperamus naviculam misellam vestram ad scopulum adlisam iri summersumî
ìWe hope your stupid boat hits a rock and sinksî
Puellae in forum descendere destinant et ibi mercimonium furari
The girls decide to go down to the mall and shoplift some stuff
Omnes paucis annis prosedae erunt
In a few years they will all be hookers
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Table of Contents

I. Beginning Latin
A Little Story 3
Latin Aptitude Test 5
Romulus and Remus Jokes 8
The Legion of Superheroes 11
T-shirt Slogans 12
Bumper Stickers 14
Reality TV 16
Hardball Talk Shows 18
Ultimate Sports 19
Trash Talk in the Colosseum 22
Spring Break 25
Country Music Favorites 26
Chilling Out 28
Graffiti 29
Road Rage 31
Air Rage 35
Warning Labels 37
II. Intermediate Latin
Caesar's PowerPoint Presentation 41
Top 10 Reasons to Live in the Time of the Caesars 43
That Old-Time Religion 45
Mob Banter 49
New Age Discourse 50
Hollywood Latin 51
Sushi Bar Chitchat 52
Computer Language 54
Car Talk 55
B.S. 57
Small Talk during a Colonoscopy 60
Medical Confab 61
Homeland Security 63
Useful Phrases for Barbarian Evildoers 64
Game Boy Chatter 67
Modern Vatican Latin 69
Learned Latin for Lovers 71
Classical Kiss-offs 74
III. Advanced Latin
Useful Syntax 77
You Know You May Be a Roman If ... 80
Restaurant 'Tude 83
Winespeak 85
The Bestseller List 87
Latin for Trekkies 89
Attack Ads 91
Business Latin 94
Furat Emptor 96
Jury Duty 98
Stealth Latin 102
Stealth Latin for Golfers 105
Bad Latin, the Dirty Dozen 107
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