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.)