Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lucat bene.....

My dad was the big Pig Latin devotee. He taught my mom; and they used it effectively to discuss things that were better left unknown to the three little nippers in the house.

One evening at the supper table he asked Mom:

..."Ooday ooyay antway ootay ogay ootay Ooklidyay Eachbay?"

We nippers screamed in unison:  "Yay!! We're going to Euclid_Beach".

Pop knew better than to try to have a coded conversation after that.  He may have wondered how long we'd been literate and adept in this exotic language.

We all went on to study classical Latin (Caesar and the Helvetians, etc.)  in high school, after learning ecclesiastical Latin ( Ad deum qui laetificat juventutem meam... and Suscipiat...etc.) at St Colman Parish School.

Which brings me to one of the most famous Latin rhyming couplets, over which Latin scholars have struggled for decades, centuries, millennia...

Lucat bene derdego
honnet busis inero
Honomo demis trux
summit causin, summit dux

Can you translate?

Extra points if you can do a double translation. Latin to English to Pig.


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