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Post by benissimus » Mon Feb 28, 2005 1:19 pm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4232665.stm

I got 10/10 and hope that most Latinists can do so as well. I shall not hold out my hopes too much for the others. :wink:
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Post by Dingbats » Mon Feb 28, 2005 3:02 pm

I got 9/10, but the first question was weird.
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Post by Deses » Mon Feb 28, 2005 3:37 pm

I got ten, but the first one is indeed odd. I have heard of the explanation they provided, but always felt that the statement in vino veritas is more of an escapist motto. What's the origin of this phrase?

There is a place called University Wine or something a few blocks away from Harvard. As their sign they use pretty much a Harvard burgundy shield with their name on it. Of course, Harvard arms carry the word veritas with various charges, depending on the institution. The history of the main Harvard shield with the three books is in itself quite telling, but this wine-truth connection goes beyond a mere predisposition of a drunk person to tell the truth. There is something more academic and philosophical to it. :)

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Post by medicatura » Mon Feb 28, 2005 4:22 pm

Got 9/10. :) I have to agree with the general consensus that the first one was rather confusing. I don't think it was worded very well.

Thanks for sharing, benissimus!
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Post by Episcopus » Mon Feb 28, 2005 5:34 pm

Why do they poke fun or make such a fuss about the us, a, um endings! It's asif gender and declension were something for the freak.

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Post by whiteoctave » Mon Feb 28, 2005 7:32 pm

i think the earliest reference to in uino ueritas uel sim. is Alcaeus' οἶνος καὶ ἀλάθεα. i have also seen similar sentiments in Pl.symp.217 and in Plin.nat.hist.14.141, where the three latin words can be found.

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Post by ingrid70 » Mon Feb 28, 2005 8:24 pm

In Dutch the expression is that children and drunkards tell the truth (sometimes with fools thrown in). For those that read Dutch:
http://www.dbnl.org/tekst/stoe002nede01 ... 1_1161.htm
with Whiteoctave's references mentioned too...

Ingrid (neither child nor drunk, hopefully not a fool, but still telling the truth :) ).

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Post by William » Mon Feb 28, 2005 10:09 pm

Cute quiz. I got ten, although I guessed at the first one and one other.

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Post by Bert » Mon Feb 28, 2005 11:45 pm

So far I am on the bottom of the totem pole.
7/10.

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Post by mingshey » Tue Mar 01, 2005 1:55 am

I got 10/10.
Definitely I should begin learning Latin now. :D

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Post by oistos » Tue Mar 01, 2005 2:50 am

I also got 10/10. Am I admitted to the club? (Or will I just be committed?)

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Post by Alundis » Tue Mar 01, 2005 3:00 am

10/10

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Post by Eureka » Tue Mar 01, 2005 5:57 am

8/10 8)

(id est stupido)

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Post by benissimus » Tue Mar 01, 2005 6:47 am

Eureka wrote:8/10 8)

(id est stupido)
stupidum*
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Post by Eureka » Tue Mar 01, 2005 7:05 am

benissimus wrote:
Eureka wrote:8/10 8)

(id est stupido)
stupidum*
στουπιδο&ν :P

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Post by mariek » Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:44 am


8/10. :?

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Post by Mulciber » Tue Mar 01, 2005 3:21 pm

10/10 in 30 seconds flat.
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Post by Episcopus » Tue Mar 01, 2005 4:34 pm

Professor Diggle's Teres Minor could have got 10/10 in that quiz.

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Post by Bert » Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:01 am

Eureka wrote:
benissimus wrote:
Eureka wrote:8/10 8)

(id est stupido)
stupidum*
στουπιδο&ν :P
I don't care how you decide to spell it, I just wish you would be a little more considerate toward the feelings of your fellow human beings.
I only got 7/10. I quess that is one step down from stupidum :( .
My excuse is that I don't know Latin.

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Post by benissimus » Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:59 am

I think he was *trying* to say that the quiz was stupid, but his lack of studying Latin got in the way :( The cure of course would be to learn Latin instead of other barbaric languages!
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Post by Eureka » Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:32 am

benissimus wrote:I think he was *trying* to say that the quiz was stupid, but his lack of studying Latin got in the way :( The cure of course would be to learn Latin instead of other barbaric languages!
Just for the record, I didn't think "-o" was the correct postfix.

I think "id" means "it", so I wasn't refuring to myself.


id est stupido maximo.

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Post by Bert » Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:50 am

benissimus wrote:I think he was *trying* to say...
He? Untill now I thought Eureka was a she! It looks a lot like Erika I quess.
(I est stupido :D)

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Post by mingshey » Wed Mar 02, 2005 8:21 am

Eureka, as once I said in a different context, you had to write it more greek-like, say, "Heureka". Then it would be clear that you are a "He".

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Post by classicalclarinet » Wed Mar 02, 2005 9:05 am

Got all right!
But what is this about
a new political party called Veritas
Does it have anything to do with Latin, Or is it just a fancy name?

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Post by Turpissimus » Wed Mar 02, 2005 12:56 pm

Does it have anything to do with Latin, Or is it just a fancy name?
No. Robert Kilroy Silk, the founder of the party, is a permatanned loon. He's probably just being pretentious.
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Post by Carola » Wed Mar 02, 2005 9:27 pm

10/10 - but coming from South Australia anything to do with wine gets my attention straight away. I don't know about truth in wine - but there is certainly lots of money to be made!

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Post by klewlis » Thu Mar 03, 2005 2:59 am

9/10

I got the AM one wrong. :(

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Post by Eureka » Thu Mar 03, 2005 3:19 am

Bert wrote:
benissimus wrote:I think he was *trying* to say...
He? Untill now I thought Eureka was a she! It looks a lot like Erika I quess.
(I est stupido :D)
I guess my posts aren’t manly enough?
mingshey wrote:Eureka, as once I said in a different context, you had to write it more greek-like, say, "Heureka". Then it would be clear that you are a "He".
Nah. That would break up my carefully crafted series of eu-layered meanings.

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Post by Episcopus » Thu Mar 03, 2005 2:31 pm

No way is Eureka a man! I've gone through my whole textkit life thinking she were a female! Well assuming indeed thinking nothing of it! She has the teasing element that a sharp female student might have! What on earth this day is odd.

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Post by Jefferson Cicero » Thu Mar 03, 2005 3:59 pm

10/10. It was easy, but I also thought the first question was weird.

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Post by Skylax » Thu Mar 03, 2005 5:14 pm

By the way, per ardua ad astra (question 7) is the motto of the British Royal Air Force.

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Post by Eureka » Fri Mar 04, 2005 12:29 am

Episcopus wrote:No way is Eureka a man! I've gone through my whole textkit life thinking she were a female! Well assuming indeed thinking nothing of it! She has the teasing element that a sharp female student might have! What on earth this day is odd.
:shock: What teasing element? Mercury perhaps?

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Post by ThomasGR » Tue Mar 08, 2005 2:27 pm

It was really the most stupid quiz I made so far.
I've got 10/10 and it was too easy. :D

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Post by MyIlium » Wed Mar 09, 2005 6:50 am

ThomasGR wrote:It was really the most stupid quiz I made so far.
I've got 10/10 and it was too easy. :D
Yeah, it was. But that doesn't stop me from being excessively pleased with myself for a 10. :)

And, oh man, Eureka, you should put up a big topic saying "This is a male speaking." I totally thought you were a girl too.
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Post by Eureka » Wed Mar 09, 2005 7:29 am

MyIlium wrote:And, oh man, Eureka, you should put up a big topic saying "This is a male speaking." I totally thought you were a girl too.
:shock: It's the "a" on the end, isn't it?

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Post by classicalclarinet » Wed Mar 09, 2005 3:19 pm

I always thought you were male.

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Post by Adelheid » Wed Mar 09, 2005 3:31 pm

Me too. Never did the thought cross my mind that you might be a girl.

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Post by MyIlium » Sat Mar 12, 2005 2:27 am

It is most definitely the a. :D
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Post by Eureka » Sat Mar 12, 2005 9:35 am

MyIlium wrote:It is most definitely the a. :D
Well, I hope my new manly avatar clears up the confusion.

(at least sub-consciously.)

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Post by basio » Fri Mar 25, 2005 5:30 pm

But one was an educated guess. I remember in grade school I was taught that A.M. stood for "ante meridian. Because of my later study of Latin, the m appeared more accurate, since "m" endings are everywhere in Latin.

Thanks for the link.

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