some favourite words


slubberdegullion
A careless, slabbering sloven

tittle
The dot over the letter i

floccinaucinihilipilification
The habit of believing something worthless,
trifling or a matter of no real importance -
see the word nihil (meaning nothing in Latin)

You may have noticed The Serpent's Spell is sprinkled with Latin words...

Did you know that half the English language comes directly from Latin?

Did you know that A.A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner has been translated into Latin as Winnie Ille Pu Semper Ludet? See also Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham (Virent Ova! Viret Perha!) and The Cat in the Hat (Cattus Petasatus), as well as J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis). Check out this list of ten kids' books translated into Latin.

Children's books published in Latin

Children's books published in Latin

Children's books published in Latin

And did you know that Nuntii Latini ("The News in Latin") was broadcast from YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company for some 30 years, until June 2019? The newscast featured a weekly five-minute summary of news from around the world.

Every Thursday, a five-person committee meets in Rome to update the Latin language. From the Lexicon Recentis Latinatis (source: Globe & Mail, Jan. 30/04, A14):

  • hot dog
    pastillum botello fartum
    ("a little roll stuffed with sausage")
  • weapons of mass destruction
    universalis destructionis armamenta
  • videocassette
    sonorarum visualiumque taeniarum cestellula
    ("a little box of ribbons of sounds and sights")
If you want to find out more about this ancient living language, there are many online Latin lessons and resources. Latin family mottoes (and their English translations) are something every family should have. Check out the interesting Bestiaria Latina Omnia website too, which provides links to Latin proverbs and their translations.