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September 28th, 2013, 16:52
Today is saturday and pibbur is back in good ol'Norway. Which means that the Today is thread goes back into hibernation (at least concerning contributions from pibbur).

In the meantime there is of course the TYDNTK thread, where there actually are some items bubbling up from the abyss.

You know the saying: "In Rome, do what the romans do". And one of the things the romans did was speaking Latin. And it turns out that the saying isn't a direct translation from the english phrase.

Here's what they, or more specifically Aurelius Ambrosiu said: "si fueris Rōmae, Rōmānō vīvitō mōre; si fueris alibī, vīvitō sicut ibi" which translates to the longer (and imo richer) phrase: ""if you were in Rome, (you will) live in the Roman way; if you were elseweyr, (you will) live as they do there". The shorter english version is yet another example of dumbing down things.

One interesting thing above: the the word "alibi" in the original text. It translates to "elseweyr". So when someone has an alibi, they were somewhere else at the time of the crime. Now, as readers and connaisseurs of crime fiction, we all know that nobody is more likely to have committed the crime than those who weren't there. But it's interesting none the less.

Another latin phrase: "Mille viae ducunt homines per saecula Romam" or "A thousand roads lead men forever to Rome", claimed by "Alanus ab Insulis" in his book published 250 years after his death the "Doctrinale altum seu liber parabolarum". There is of course a dumbed down version, both in Latin and English: "Omnes viae Romam ducunt" - "all roads lead to Rome". Terry Pratchett offers an alternative interpretation: "Actually, all roads lead away from Rome, it's just that some people are going the wrong way". Makes sense.

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pibbur who realizes after talking to his daughter that doctors' latin is just a joke in more culturally elevated circles. And that organizers, unlike any other entry can have as many subentries as they want using the COMP entry relationship.

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