Latin Phrases for Your Friday

Self-publishing guru Dan Poynter passes on a few Latin zingers that he adapted from the traditional curriculum he learned in school (a long time ago).

"Nescio quid dicas" -
(I don't know what you're talking about)

"Ita erat quando hic adveni." -
(It was that way when I got here)

"Vescere bracis meis" -
(Eat my shorts)

"Noli me vocare. Ego te vocabo." -
(Don't call me. I'll call you.)

"Canis meus id comedit" -
(My dog ate it)

"Die dulci freure" -
(Have a nice day)

"Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem" -
(Stand aside, little people! I am here on official business)

"Utinam barbari spatioum proprium tuum invadant" -
(May barbarians invade your personal space)

"Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure." -
(I can't hear you. I have a banana in my ear.)

"Utinam coniurati te in foro interficiant" -
(May conspirators assassinate you in the hall)

"Non sum pisces" -
(I am not a fish)

"Senito aliquos togatos contra me conspirare" -
(I think some people in togas are plotting against me)

"Perscriptio in manibus tabellariorum est" -
(The cheque is in the post)

"Non illigitamus carborundum" -
(Don't let the b'stards grind you down)

"Nonne macescis?" -
(Have you lost weight?)

"Braccae tuae aperiuntur" -
(Your fly is open)

"In dentibus anticis frustum magnum spiniciae habes" -
(You have a big piece of spinach in your front teeth)

"Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat." -
(It's not the heat, it's the humidity.)

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