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Monday, April 14, 2008

Just for fun: Fractured Latin hits the religion news

I've sometimes tsk tsk'd over dumb "religion" reporting, but reporters who must file stories on disputes that employ Latin terms do deserve some sympathy, surely:

Anyway, this page lists some gaffes to remember:
According to the standards above, don't be surprised if the VOA reports the Marine motto "Semper fidelis" to be "Simper fiddles", or if the US Seal "E pluribus unum" comes out "Deploribus moon'em", or if the Olympic motto "Citius, Altius, Fortius" comes out "Citrus, insomnia, forceps."

Hat tip, Alan Yoshioka, the Sheepcat (and otherwise a fellow Toronto writer and editor).

Some Latin and Roman jokes here.

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