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Little rude, but all help apprciated  » answer
by VikingCraft, 2016-09-07, 23:40  Spam?  92.3.78....
Hi this is a little rude and I know there won't be a direct translation. But could anyone tell me the closest approximation of  "Shit on me, and I will fuck you up" it would make my year if anyone could enlighten me
by khanzat, 2016-09-08, 15:43  Spam?  92.186.68....
Classical Latin is surprisingly rich in crass words. Martial called his friends "pussies" and "cocksuckers". He made fun of lesbians whose pussy started to beat in front of a slave. Catullus is considered a refined poet, but his poems 16, 37, 71 and 94 are full of the worst insults.

So I can translate your request accurately:

Said to one person:
-Si me cacas, te pedicabo
Said to several people:
-Si me cacatis, vos pedicabo

But "cacas/cacatis" means "shit" in the most literal sense. As "If you defecate on me"

If you means something more similar to "If you fuck me up" (but softer than the second part of your sentence)

Said to one person:
-Si me futuis, te pedicabo
Said to several people:
-Si me futuitis, vos pedicabo

By the way "pedicabo" means "I'll fuck your ass". For the Romans it had the same double sense than in English: "anal intercourse" or "fuck you up".

That was really, really fun.
Khanzat, my Hero  #853635
by VikingCraft (UN), 2016-09-08, 16:27  Spam?  
Thank you for the work Khanzat, I'm glad it was a bit of fun for you I was half expecting my message to be blocked for the course language.

but again thank you, that should soon be emblazoned across my office door.
You're welcome  #853637
by khanzat, 2016-09-08, 17:21  Spam?  92.186.68....
I'm sure you'll have a laugh with all the explanations from your blazon on the door.
One strange English family motto to Latin » answer
by DMcG (UN), Last modified: 2016-08-02, 17:12  Spam?  
Hello, I need help translating the English phrase, "I rise with the storm" to Latin. Thank you in advance for your help. Meaning I suppose is I become active or rise to face the coming/approaching storm.
by khanzat, 2016-08-02, 17:29  Spam?  92.186.68....
Those two mean "I physically rise", "I walk with a lifted head". Even "I levitate".

-Cum tempestate consurgo
-Cum tempestate promineo

This means more something like "my mood rises"

-Cum tempestate scando

But to better reflect that, in Latin we would say:

-Cum tempestate meus animus consurgit
-Cum tempestate meus spiritus consurgit

Sorry for the long answer for a very short phare.
by khanzat, 2016-08-02, 17:30  Spam?  92.186.68....
*phrase, the last word should be *phrase. I can't edit the answer.
Khanzat, you are the coolest  #850553
by DMcG (UN), 2016-08-02, 17:40  Spam?  
May I trouble you for a slightly different phrasing? "I walk into the storm."
by khanzat, 2016-08-02, 17:55  Spam?  92.186.68....
Glad I could help:

-Tempestatem intro
-Tempestatem introeo

-Tempestatem ineo (This means you do with force. Ineo was used in sentences like "Proelium ineo": "I walk into battle")
You're a great help  #850556
by DMcG (UN), 2016-08-02, 18:08  Spam?  
Thank you
by khanzat, 2016-08-02, 18:36  Spam?  92.186.68....
You're welcome!
Want to confirm phrases for tattoo » answer
by Tim Stephen, 2016-07-27, 15:52  Spam?  135.23.127...
Hi all,

I have 2 latin phrases I would like to use for tattoos. I need to confirm the grammar, meaning, and pronunciation.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
The 2 phrases and what I believe to be the translations are below:

luctor et emergo  -  I struggle and emerge
post nubes lux    -  After darkness, light

Thanks in advance,
by khanzat, 2016-07-27, 19:02  Spam?  92.186.68....
The first one is perfect.

But in the second, "nubes" means in reality "cloud" (in your translation, "clouds"). Rarely, also "veil". And even more rarely, "distressing situation".

So it isn't wrong, but it's strange.

I would have translated it as:

Post tenebras, lux (the best one in my opinion)


Post obscurationem, lux (it's fun because this one means "after darkness, light" but also "after the eclipse, light")

So... pronunciation. I don't know if I will know how to explain it.

First, vowels. Latin has short and long vowels but in this short sentences it won't do a noticeable difference. So they should be read like this:

a - as the one in car
e - as the one in bed
i - as the one in tin
o - as the one in pot
u - as the one in bull

Capital letters for accented syllabes:

- LUKtorr et eMERRgo


- POST teNEbrras, LUKS

- POST opskuraTIOne(m), LUKS

rr means a strong r as the one in run
r means a soft r as in boring
() means very soft pronunciation (it was even dropped with the time)
Thanks!  #850033
by Tim Stephen, 2016-07-27, 19:14  Spam?  135.23.127...
Thanks so much for your quick help!
by khanzat, 2016-07-28, 07:02  Spam?  92.186.68....
You're welcome!
Original sentences need to be checked for accuracy. » answer
by Nona-Rona-Lisa (US), 2016-07-07, 18:05  Spam?  
I have come up with this in english and attempted to translate it into latin.

"Brett I love you, and I desire to be loved by you always.
But you deserve the world, and I desire to give it to you.
I love when the color of your eyes will change.
I love how you care for me. I love when you look at me.
When I am away from you I hurt, I hate to endure this pain.
I desire for this pain to leave, and that the love will remain"

For the Latin I have,
“Brettus tu amo, et cupio semper te amari.
Sed mundum commeres, et tibi cupio dare.
Color quomodo tui oculorum amo differrebitis.
Cura tu quot amo mihi. Me quomodo amo vides.
Cum te tollam noceo, odi patio hic dolor.
Dolor hic cupio abiam, et ille amor maneam.”

I feel like there are many errors that I have yet to find! Please help!
by khanzat, 2016-07-07, 19:06  Spam?  92.186.68....
You did a great work! But I think you should make these corrections:

“Brette, te amo et semper a te amari cupio
Sed mundum commeres, et tibi dare cupio
Quando color tuorum oculorum mutabit te amo (1)
Quod (2) me curas amo. Quando me vides amo (3)
Quando te longe absum, patior. Hic dolor suffere odi
Hic dolor abire cupio et noster amor manendus (4)

(1) I don't fully understand this sentence in English, but I made a literal translation. Shouldn't it be "I will love you when the color of your eyes changes"?
(2) "Ut me curas" and "Quomodo me curas" are right, too
(3) The best translation would be "Quando me aspicis amo" but I don't like it
(4) I've added an "our" to "love" because just "amor" was a little dry. I blame the absence of articles.
by Nona-Rona-Lisa (US), Last modified: 2016-07-07, 22:03  Spam?  
Thank you for your comments! They are very helpful!

For (1 I think you might be right but that sentence confuses meds well!
I understand the change of (2 assumed pronouns will always bogle me loll
I actually really enjoy your idea for (3 I like the word "aspicio" because it is a little more personable or a gaze rather than just "look". You really hit the nail on the head for (4 I was meaning to add in "noster" but I was composing this at 3am so I forgot!
by khanzat, 2016-07-08, 08:38  Spam?  92.186.68....
You're welcome!

"Aspicis" is a better verb for what you said. If you like it, please use it. I think it's just that I like the word "video" :-P
Information about a change in the guidelines regarding delete votes » answer
by Paul (AT), 2016-06-27, 17:55  Spam?  
The basic rule in GL 3 is "Always confirm the first correct posting!". So far, when there was no completely correct posting, and someone voted for a deletion, this delete vote was the first correct posting, so it had to be confirmed. However, most of the contributors understood this differently or didn't want to comply with it, for reasons I understand. In the last months this rule was challenged several times, which caused a lot of discussions. In the end I came to the conclusion that the vast majority of the community wants less strict delete rules. After discussing some text suggestions (forum: #846903), the following rule was accepted and is now effective:

+Always confirm the first correct posting! [...]
A [del] vote is considered a correct posting if no previous posting (input, vote or comment) contained...
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Help translating from English to Latin "It came from two hearts" » answer
by Meadows (UN), 2016-06-07, 17:23  Spam?  
Hi! I am making a family crest and I want to translate the phrase "It came from two hearts" into latin. I found 'ex duo corda crevit' through an online translation but not sure it is accurate. I want the phrase to represent that the family crest and family itself came initially from the love of two people. Is the latin translation accurate?
Thanks so much for your help!
by khanzat, 2016-06-07, 19:42  Spam?  92.186.68....
It's almost right. It should be:

Ex duobus cordibus crevit (EX DVOBVS CORDIBVS CREVIT)

But I like very much that the translator chose "Crevit" (cresco) as the verb. Literally, it means "grow" and "develop" so it's a very good choice for your crest.

Cor-cordis (heart) has a lot of beautiful meanings in latin. People believed that it was the organ that loved, thought and the very vessel of the soul. So "cordibus" translates as "hearts", but also "loves", "minds", "essences" and "souls"...
by Meadows (UN), 2016-06-07, 21:48  Spam?  
Wow! Thanks so much for your help! I really appreciate it and your thoughts!
by khanzat, 2016-06-08, 16:07  Spam?  213.143.46....
I'm glad I could help!
From the light into the darkness » answer
by Buntaran, 2016-06-05, 20:44  Spam?  206.188.151...

I would like to make a tattoo that says:
From the light into the darkness: for darkness restores what light cannot repair.
But I would like to translate the first part to latin.

Is 'de luce in tenebris' correct?

Thank you so much for your help!
by khanzat, 2016-06-06, 12:22  Spam?  92.186.68....
Your translation is correct, but I want to clarify something:

-If you want to express "going from light to darkness" it should be "De luce in tenebras" or more usual "De luce ad tenebras". "Ad" is the best choice.

-If you want to express "I was (living) in light now I'm in darkness" it's the one you posted, "De luce in tenebris".

Classical latin had not minuscules or u (they used v). For a long sentence I would use minuscules without doubt, but the "v" part could give a little of classical air.
by Buntaran, 2016-06-06, 13:28  Spam?  69.17.216....
by khanzat, 2016-06-08, 16:08  Spam?  213.143.46....
You're welcome!
Translation needed » answer
by Meanieme, 2016-05-29, 21:32  Spam?  104.137.163....
Can you please translate "Pain is the gateway to pleasure"?
by khanzat, 2016-06-06, 12:39  Spam?  92.186.68....
In latin it would be expressed like "Pain is the path to pleasure" and the translation is:

Dolor voluptatis via (est)


Dolor voluptatis iter (est)

The "est" is optional.

I don't recommend the literal translation, but if you want to know it:

Dolor voluptatem introita (est)
can you help me » answer
by astaroth (UN), 2016-04-13, 18:12  Spam?  
Can you help me translate this in latin.

I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become. Forever and always.

Thank you
by khanzat, 2016-04-13, 19:23  Spam?  92.186.68....
I am not what happened to me.
Quod mihi accidit (ego) non sum

(The ego is optional, means "I" but it is not necessary in the translation)

I am what I choose to become.
Quod me convertere eligo, (ego) sum

("Convertere" has the meaning of a certain "change", I don't know if that was the one you wanted.)

Forever and always.
Semper et per eterna
English to Latin translation required » answer
by Skinnyman91, 2016-04-04, 14:48  Spam?  198.8.80....
Hi all

Can someone please translate the below phrase for me:

"For those I love I will sacrifice"

Not sure if it makes a difference but I am male.


by khanzat, 2016-04-13, 19:06  Spam?  92.186.68....
Quibus amo me devovebo (QVIBVS AMO ME DEVOVEBO)

Also correct:

Quibus amo me sacrificabo

(There isn't any difference if you are male or female)
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