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Here are more Latin phrases - definitely not serious, but perhaps more useful in today's world. Because so many of the words in this set are from the Vulgate form, I have rendered the Latin in that later form. The first part of the table applies to technology, the latter to business situations. Next is a small table of insults.

Vulgate Latin Idiomatic English
Visne scire quod credam? Credo missiones turrium flammearum statum caeli mutavisse. You know what I think? I think the weather has been altered by rocket launches.
Purgamentum init, exit purgamentum. Garbage in, garbage out.
Non erravi perniciose! I did not commit a fatal error!
Ne auderis delere orbem rigidum meum! Don't you dare erase my hard disk!
Cur ullum imprimere non vis? Why won't you print out?
Heu! Tintinnuntius meus sonat! Damn! There goes my beeper!
Asinorum calami virii et spama, Retus chartae viruses and spam [are] the pen of a**holes, the Net [their ] paper
Salve. Nemo nunc ipsum advenire ad longelocutum ad vocem tuam accipiendam potest, sed possis si velis nuntiam tradere dicendo simul ac sonitum audiveris. Memento sonitu praestolare. Ave. Hello. No one can come to the phone right now to take your call, but you can leave a message if you want by speaking as soon as you hear the beep. Remember to wait for the beep. Bye.
SI HOC ADFIXVM IN OBICE LEGERE POTES, ET LIBERALITER EDVCATVS ET NIMIS PROPINQVVS ADES. If you can read this bumper sticker, you are both very well educated and much too close.
Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam. I have a catapult. Give me all your money or I will fling an enormous rock at your head.
Fors fortis. Fat chance.
Nullo modo. No way.
Labra lege. Read my lips.
Casa consulto. Accidentally on purpose.
Raptus regalitur. Royally screwed.
Ecce pactum. Id cape aut id relinque. That's the deal. Take it or leave it.
In oppido lusor solus non es. You're not the only game in town.
Modo vincis, modo vinceris. You win some, you lose some.
Prospice tibi - ut Gallia, tu quoque in tres partes dividaris. Watch out - you might end up divided into three parts, like Gaul.
In tempore preaterito plus quam perfecto de te mox dicent. People will soon be referring to you in the pluperfect tense.
Hoc ei propinabo! I'll drink to that!
VBI O VBI EST MEVS SVB-VBI? where O where is my underwear?
Sede! Volve! Ecce, Latine scit. Sit! Roll over! You see, he understands Latin.
Vah! Denuone Latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur. Oh! Was I speaking Latin again? Silly me. Sometimes it just sort of slips out.
Caveat solicitor. Beware telemarketer.
Quando omni flunkus mortae When all else fails, play dead. (Possum Lodge motto)
Abeo. I'm outta here.

Latin What You Say It Means What It Really Means
Podex perfectus est. You did a perfect job. You are a total assh*le.
De stella Mars vere venisti. That's a truly remarkable insight. You are definitely from Mars.
Stercorum pro cerebro habes. That's certainly food for thought. You have sh*t for brains.
Caput tuum in ano est. You hit the nail right on the head. You have your head up your a**.
Futue te ipsum et caballum tuum. I've really got to take my hat off to you. Screw you and the horse you rode in on.

1. Beard, Henry, Latin for All Occasions, (HarperCollins, New York: 1992).

2. Blume and Freundlich, Review Text in Latin: Two Years (Amsco School Publications, New York: 1959).

3. Ehrlich, Eugene, Amo, Amas, Amat and More (Harper & Row, New York: 1987).

4. ed. Fargis & Bykofsky & Gold, et al The New York Public Library Desk Reference 2nd edition, (Prentice Hall, New York: 1993).

5. Hammond and Amory, Aeneas to Augustus: A Beginning Latin Reader for College Students 2nd edition, (Harvard U. P., Cambridge: 1967).

6. Hanson & Heath, Who Killed Homer? (Free Press, New York: 1998).

7. Humez & Humez, Latin for People/Latina pro Populo (Little, Brown & Co., Boston: 1976).

8. Jones & Wilson An Incomplete Education (Ballantine Books, New York: 1987).

9. Smith, F. Kinchin Latin: A Complete Course for Beginners 9th printing, (David McKay, New York: 1948).

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