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Postby DiscoJesus » Wed Mar 24, 2004 4:35 am

I'm interested in the translation of "A secret can only be told once".

I orginally planned to translate it myself but i just don't have the time required to learn latin (No, i wasn't planning to learning it just to translate one phrase :P )
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Postby benissimus » Wed Mar 24, 2004 5:17 am

Well, there are many ways to express the thought, as usual. I'll arbitrarily suggest:

"A secret can only be told once"
rebus arcanis semel tantum est locutio
literally "for secrets there is only speech once". I see this as good Latin, albeit a bit poetic on my part.

For a more exact translation...
res arcana semel tantum dici potest
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Postby DiscoJesus » Wed Mar 24, 2004 5:37 am

thank you very much.

the first is more what i was after than an extra translation.

If anyone else has any other suggestions can you post a literal translation with it too?
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