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The Annals of Ostentatious Erudition, Volume XII…

Cicero addressing the Roman Senate, using lots of Latin phrases (source)

Was there ever an occasion to make an impression, or a confrontation– or that matter, a conversation– that wasn’t tastier when spiced with a few well-chosen Latin phrases?

Now, thanks to The Phil Brodie Band, a Sheffield (UK)-based blues outfit, that crucial bon mot is nearer to hand.  Drawing on the work of Henry Beard, PBB has fielded “Handy Latin Phrases“– and indeed they are handy.  Consider, for example:

Bulla Crustulum- Stud-muffin (literally, manly pastry)

Mendax mendax tuum braccare flagare- Liar, liar, pants on fire (PBB notes, ” the spelling might be wonky”)

Fac ut cubiculum- Get a room!

Aspice quod felix attracsit- Look what the cat dragged in.

And (in “honor” of the California Supreme Court’s recent upholding of Proposition Hate…  er, Eight):

Fructus Sum!- I am a fruit!

Many more here.

As we get in touch with our inner Oscar Wilde, we might recall that it was on this date in 1974 that the first Daytime Emmy Awards were bestowed in a stand-alone ceremony (Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, and Search for Tomorrow did well; but The Doctors ruled!)…

(source)

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