Useful Latin Phrases

by Caleb Reading

Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam.
I have a catapult. Give me all your money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head.

Ita erat quando hic adveni.
It was that way when I got here.

Machina improba! Vel mihi ede potum vel mihi redde nummos meos!
You infernal machine! Give me a beverage or give me my money back!

Mater tua criceta fuit, et pater tuo redoluit bacarum sambucus!
Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!

Nemo saltat sobrius.
No man dances sober.

Nihil curo de ista tua stulta superstitione.
I’m not interested in your dopey religious cult.

Omnia mihi lingua graeca sunt.
It’s all Greek to me.

Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Scientia non habet inimicum nisp ignorantem.
Science has no enemies but the ignorants.

Sentio aliquos togatos contra me conspirare.
I think some people in togas are plotting against me.

Sona si latine loqueris.
Honk if you speak Latin.

Sumptus censum ne superet.
Let not your spending exceed your income.

Ubi dubium ibi libertas.
Where there is doubt, there is freedom.

Unitam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant.
May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy.

“Vos vestros servate, meos mihi linquite mores.” — Petrarch
You cling to your own ways and leave mine to me.

And two more:

Quid quid latine dictum sit, altum videtur.
Anything said in Latin sounds profound.

“Nunc est bibendum.” — Horace
Now we must drink.

Found these at yuni.com
Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.  (If you can read this, you’re overeducated.)

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