Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Latin Trivia

Well, now, did you know that with a good deal of applied concentration (the like of which any Roman would have sensibly forgone) you can make sense of this concise Latin composition? It runs thus:
Malo, malo, malo, malo
The scholars say that this means:
I would rather be
In an apple tree
Than a bad man in
The Latin version of Wikipedia kindly offers an explanation. . .but in Latin, of course, which does me little good. All I ever declined in that language was the opportunity to learn it.


Mahri said...

Ha! And when I first read it, I thought it was a general lamentation on the wickedness of the world!

Molly said...

Or a page out of an old Latin "How to train your dog" manual?