Don't do anything...

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Don't do anything...

Post by phil » Tue May 18, 2004 11:31 pm

I am trying to write something for a colleague's farewell card, and rather than "Don't do anything I wouldn't do", I want "Do lots of things I wouldn't".
I have 'fac multa quae non faciam'. Is this right? I'm particulary unsure about the faciam.

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Post by benissimus » Wed May 19, 2004 10:40 pm

phil wrote:I am trying to write something for a colleague's farewell card, and rather than "Don't do anything I wouldn't do", I want "Do lots of things I wouldn't".
I have 'fac multa quae non faciam'. Is this right? I'm particulary unsure about the faciam.
I think the phrase is best represented by a relative clause of characteristic as you have done. You might try a subjunctive command using facias for a more light-hearted rendition. Then, because subjunctives, even in commands, are freer in position, you have a lot more options for order as well. It also doesn't matter whether multa and quae are in the singular or plural (do many things / do much), so you have a great deal of options to choose from.

By now you will probably be in the process of developing your own style. With my style I would say Multa facias quae non faciam. "You just go ahead and do that... I wouldn't" :D
flebile nescio quid queritur lyra, flebile lingua murmurat exanimis, respondent flebile ripae

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Post by Episcopus » Thu May 20, 2004 7:53 pm

In my style it would be Ac me noli eadem bibere ex ampulla mihi quae quidem non assumenda

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Post by phil » Thu May 27, 2004 1:36 am

Belated thanks to you both for your help. Though I'm not sure if I have a style yet.

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