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Bono Vox?

Postby Alundis » Mon Aug 11, 2003 6:43 am

Someone was watching mtv the other day, and I overheard a segment about a musician named "Bono Vox." It was said to mean, "good voice" in Latin, but that can't be right. Could Bono Vox, with Bono in the dative or ablative, actually mean something in Latin? Perhaps "voice produced by a good man?"
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Re:Bono Vox?

Postby benissimus » Mon Aug 11, 2003 7:20 am

Maybe you misunderstood him say "Bona vox" or maybe they made a stupid mistake :-\
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Re:Bono Vox?

Postby adz000 » Mon Aug 11, 2003 7:38 am

Tell me if I'm too cynical, but I doubt whether "Bono vox" means much of anything in Latin to the musician himself! Still I'm always childishly happy when I see Latin being appropriated in visible ways. <br /><br />If someone put a gun to my head and told me to parse the phrase "bono vox" shorn of any context, I would still be hard-pressed to come up with a good answer. I'm pretty sure an ablative of agency requires a/ab, on the other hand an ablative of means/instrument is tough to use with a person. difficult to interpret bono as a dative of personal agent here. A dative of interest would probably be meaningless without a verb. Ablative of source? In this case the most likely interpretation for "bono" would not be to supply "viro" but to take "bono" as from "bonum", e.g. Cicero's "summum bonum"; something like "voice from the Good"? What about dative of possession in a sentence lacking a form of esse -- this would give a meaning closest to what MTV claimed, something like "the good man has a voice" ( less likely, "the Good has a voice"). Or ablative of accompaniment: "voice along with the Good"? <br /><br />Any other ideas?
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Re:Bono Vox?

Postby Fulya » Mon Aug 11, 2003 8:27 am

bono vox is the nick of U2's vocal!!!!
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Re:Bono Vox?

Postby vinobrien » Mon Aug 11, 2003 9:43 am

Thank God you told them.
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Re:Bono Vox?

Postby Lumen_et_umbra » Mon Aug 11, 2003 9:48 pm

None of you has contemplated the potentiality that the phrase is of French origin. It seems to me that a contemporary musician would be far more apt to use French in the title of his band than to use Latin. Particularly considering the fact that a lot of musicians today are Euro-trash.
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Re:Bono Vox?

Postby benissimus » Tue Aug 12, 2003 12:45 am

[quote author=Fulya link=board=3;threadid=435;start=0#3470 date=1060590468]<br />bono vox is the nick of U2's vocal!!!! <br />[/quote]<br /><br />*GROAN*<br /><br />I think I hate MTV more than ever now. The thought had entered my mind that it was Bono from U2, but I didn't think they would be stupid enough to try to translate that into Latin... guess I was wrong.
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