Friday, October 08, 2010

Playing with Google's Latin Translator

I have just been playing around with Google Translator's Latin translator, trying to come up with a couple of mottos for the Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission. I can't say I like it's style very much. If you don't know any latin the chances are you will get very bad vocabulary choices trying to do English into Latin.

Any way, here are two I have come up with so far. Let me know how you would phrase these better:

Discrimen nullum; colloquimur cuiquam
("We're not fussy; we'll talk to anyone")

Cenare et bibere propter pacem et concordiam
("Eating and drinking our way to peace and harmony")

If you have a suggestion for "We're happy to dance with you so long as you don't mind us stepping on your toes", I reckon that could be a good motto too...


At Friday, October 08, 2010 6:19:00 am , Anonymous Tony said...

A fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi - A precipice in front, wolves behind (between a rock and a hard place)
Ad augusta per angusta - To high places by narrow roads
Ad maiorem dei gloriam (AMDG) - For the greater glory of God
Age. Fac ut gaudeam - Go ahead. Make my day!
Animadvertistine, ubicumque stes, fumum recta in faciem ferri? - (At a barbeque) Ever noticed how wherever you stand, the smoke goes right into your face?
Appareo Decet Nihil Munditia? - Is It Not Nifty?
Aut insanit homo, aut versus facit - The fellow is either mad or he is composing verses. (Horace)
Brevis esse latoro obscurus fio - When I try to be brief, I speak gobbledegook [one for Gareth!]
Canis meus id comedit - My dog ate it
Cave ne ante ullas catapultas ambules - If I were you, I wouldn't walk in front of any catapults
Certe, toto, sentio nos in kansate non iam adesse - You know, Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore
Credo elvem etiam vivere - I believe Elvis lives
Da mihi castitatem et continentiam, sed noli modo! - Make me chaste and pure, but not yet!
Deo adiuvante - With God's help
Deo favente - With God's favour
Duc, sequere, aut de via decede - Lead, follow, or get out of the way
De gustibus non est disputandum - There's no accounting for taste

Something for everyone at Latin Quotes and Latin Phrases.


At Friday, October 08, 2010 6:42:00 am , Anonymous Alexander said...

I forgot to say that in the end, it turns out you actually *are* crazy (or claim to be). Fancy that! Perhaps the first translation is the best after all. :)

At Friday, October 08, 2010 6:34:00 pm , Anonymous Salvatore said...

And for the second: "Pacem et concordiam per cibum et potum."

At Friday, October 08, 2010 7:28:00 pm , Anonymous Schütz said...

I don't know if Horace said it, but that is what I meant when I said it.

At Friday, October 08, 2010 10:17:00 pm , Anonymous Schütz said...

Wow! Thanks for that, Kyle - but it doesn't really roll of the tongue, does it?! I will stick with my first two mottos. Do they look okay to you?

At Saturday, October 09, 2010 12:00:00 am , Anonymous Kyle said...

Haha. Not at all mellifluous. You're mottos look fine but I would probably use 'fastidium' rather than 'discrimen' and to capture the idea of 'our way to' it would probably be better to say 'usque ad...' .

At Sunday, October 10, 2010 2:00:00 am , Anonymous Matthias said...

Nil bickeratum toleratum

At Sunday, October 10, 2010 2:16:00 am , Anonymous Kyle said...

I think it's ironic that in correcting Latin grammar, I make such a basic mistake in English grammar.


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