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Fun with Latin Phrases
By Shaun Aisbitt

Latin may be claimed by some scholars to be a dead language. I disagree and wholehartedly would advise any linguists to study it as I find it helps me to understand other languages. But enough of the serious stuff, this page is for fun with the Latin language. Stop acedemic arguements dead with a few carefully chosen phrases, try a few phrases on your friends, your wife, your Pastor or church leaders, or anywhere!. Have fun!. NB: I do not have or run a Latin Translation service, please don't send me letters or stuff and ask me to translate it, sorry.


I think that Elvis is still alive.

Credo Elvem ipsum etian vivere

Read my lips

Labra lege

Thank you for not smoking

Tibi gratias agimus quod nihil fumas

Let's look at the bottom line

Summam scrutemur

If it isn't broke, don't fix it

Si fractum non sit, noli id reficere

It isn't over until it's over

Id imperfectum manet dum confectum erit

Hold my calls

Fac ut nemo me vocet

Really rad, dude!

Radicitus, comes!

Your slip is showing

Subucula tua apparet

Your fly is open

Braccae tuae aperiuntur

I'll have a pizza with everything on it

Da mihi sis crustum Etruscum cum omnibus in eo

The fat lady has sung

Obesa cantavit

Have a nice day

Die dulci fruere

If you can read this sign, you can get a good job in the fast-paced, high-paying world of Latin!

Si hoc signum legere potes, operis boni in rebus Latinus alacribus et fructuosis potiri potes!

Honk if you speak Latin

Sona si Latine loqueris

Don't you dare erase my hard disk!

Ne auderis delere orbem rigidum meum!

I don't want a toaster

Furnulum pani nolo

Don't call me, I'll call you

Noli me vocare, ego te vocabo

My dog ate it

Canis meus id comedit

You can't say that in Latin

Illiud Latine dici non potest

Seen any good movies lately?

Vidistine nuper imagines moventes bonas?

Make my day

Fac ut gaudeam

Those green pants go so well with that pink shirt and the plaid jacket!

Braccae illae virides cum subucula rosea et tunica Caledonia-quam elenganter concinnatur!

Do you want to dance? I know the Funky Broadway

Visne saltare? Viam Latam Fungosam scio

Say, you sure are drinking a lot

Re vera, potas bene

May barbarians invade your personal space!

Utinam barbari spatium proprium tuum invadant!

May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy!

Utinam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant!

Couch potato

Radix lecti

Eat my shorts

Vescere bracis meis

Everyone is doing it

Sic faciunt omnes

Get a life

Fac ut vivas

If catapults are outlawed, then only outlaws will have catapults

Cum catapultae proscriptae erat, tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt

Stupid is as stupid does

Stultus est sicut stultus facit

I can't believe I ate the whole thing

Non possum credere me totum edisse

Take my wife. . .please!

Nunc prehende uxore meam. . .sis!

I just flew in from Gaul, and boy, are my arms tired!

Nupperime de Gallia huc volavi! Mehercule, bracchia mea defatiga sunt!

As if!

Ut si!

I hope we'll still be friends

Spero nos familiares mansuros

Honey, I'm home

Mellita, domi adsum

I am as dead as the nehru jacket

Tam exanimis quam tunica nehru fio

Go with the flow

Ventis secundis, tene cursum

Pretty please with a cherry on top!

Te precor dulcissime supplex!

I can't hear you. I have a banana in my ear

Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?

Stand aside plebians! I am on imperial business!

Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem!

Stupid cow

Vacca foeda

No way

Nullo modo

Excuse me. I've got to see a man about a dog

Mihi ignosce. Cum homine de cane debeo congredi

You can say that again!

Illud iterum dicere potes!

I brake for animals

Frena pro feris teneo

I'm not interested in your dopey religious cult

Nihil curo de ista tua stulta superstitione

Read 'em and weep

Lege atque lacrima

I think, therefore I am

Cogito, ergo sum

I think, therefore I am depressed

Cogito, ergo doleo

I do not like to work

Laborare non amo

My favorite! Tuna-noodle casserole!

Me dilectissima! Farrago thunni!

My favorite group is the Beatles

Caterva carissima mea est Cimictus

Oh! Was I speaking Latin again? Silly me. Sometimes it just sort of slips out.

Vah! Denuone Latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur

Always wear underwear on your head

Semper ubi sububi in caput tuum

Old MacDonald had a farm. E-I-E-O. And on this farm he had some cows. E-I-E-I-O. With a moo moo here, and a moo moo there. Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo. Old MacDonald had a farm. E-I-E-I-O

Macdonaldus Senex fundum habuit. E-I-E-I-O. Et in hot fundo nonnullas boves domesticas habuitt. E-I-E-O. Cum moo moo hic, et cum moo moo ibi. Hic una moo, ibi una moo, ubique una moo moo. Macdonaldus Senex fundum habuit. E-I-E-I-O

At last, here come the pigs

Demum, veniunt porci

Everybody's a comedian

Quisque comoedus est

Don't applaud. Just throw money

Non plaudite. Modo pecuniam jacite

Hey (name) ! Did you nail my sandals to the floor?

Salve, (name)! Crepidas meas per clavos ad solum adfixinte?

I believe it because it is unreasonable

Credo quia absurdum est

Small things effect light minds

Parve leves capiunt animos

Don't have a cow, man!

Noli habere bovis, vir



Nothing is uglier than a bald man with hair

Calvo turpius est nihil comato

We are amused by an excellent joke

Ioco optimo delactamur

I know that you are very troublesome

Scio vos esse molestissimos

Surely you do not believe that I am playing with a doll?

Num credis me pupa ludere?

I think that you are very annoying

Puto vos esse molestissimos

Well you can knock me down. Step on my face. Slander my name all over the place. Do anything that you wanna do. But uh-uh honey, lay off of my shoes.

Me humi proruas. Mi calces os. Aut infames nomen animos. Fac quidquid habes in animo, Sed, age, mel, nune parce calceis

I came, I saw, I got scared, I ran!

Veni, vidi, territus sum, curcurri!

I don't give a damn

Flocci non facio

There is no free lunch

Nullum gratuitum prandium

If you want to be loved, love!

Si vis amavi, ama!

I came, I saw, I ate vegetarian!

Veni, vidi, vege!

I came, I saw, I want to go home

Veni, vidi, volo in domum redire

Big Brother is watching you

Magnus Frater te spectat

Make (my) day, punk

Fabriacate diem, punk

That's the way the cookie crumbles

Sic biscuitus disintegratum

I came, I saw, I did a little shopping

Veni, vidi, visa

Greed is it's own reward

Cupiditas praemium suum est

I hate broccoli

Odi brassicum

How long are you going to abuse our patience?

Quo usque tandem abutere patentia nostra?

It is foolish to fear that which you cannot avoid

Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes

The appearances of things are deceptive

Fallaces sunt rerum species

Fools laugh at the Latin language

Rident stolidi verba Latina

I laugh, therefore I am

Rideo, ergo sum

I laugh at you!

Derideo te!

Why are you laughing? I'm not weird!

Cur rides? Ridiculum non sum!

I am odd, therefore I am

Ridiculum sum, ergo sum

Whatever is said in Latin sounds profound

Quiquid latine dictum sit altum viditur

Come on, come on, do the Locomotion with me

Veni, veni, veni Locamowae cum me

A sure friend is found in an unsure situation

Amicus certus in incerta re cernit

Jesus, for so great a name, no praise is adequate

Iesus, tanto nomini nullum par elogium

If you can read this, you are overeducated

Si hoc legere scis, nimis eruditionis habes

Kiss the Cook!

Basia Coquum

Let's step outside!

Foras gradiamur

You're fired!

Ego te dimitto

Go For It!

Velis et Remis

Love Me, Love My Cat

Qui Me Amat, Amat et Cattum Meum

Love Me, Love My Dog

Qui Me Amat, Amat et Canem Meam

Judge the tree by its fruit, not by its leaves

Fructu non folis arborem aestima

We always strive for the things that are forbidden and we desire the ones we are denied

Nitimur in vetitum semper cupimusque negata

The more men have, the more they want

Homines, quo plura habent, eo ampliora cupiunt

Like father, like son

Qualis pater, talis filius

All that glitters is not gold

Ne teneas aurum totum quod splendet ut aurum

Where's the beef?

Ubi est bibula?

Behold the power of cheese

Ecce potestas casei

Beam me up, Scotty!

Me transmitte sursum, Caledoni!

Take a hint

Cepe indicum

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