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New Latin for modern times (by the Vatican)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2003 1:32 pm
by Gnaeus Dionysius Draco

I got this through a Latin newsgroup.

"this post may interest all of you that hope to can write/speak in the
ancient Latin implemented by modern words.
So you'll add to your text words like :

database - subst. datarum ordinatrum,i n.
e-mail - 1. subst. litterae, arum f. electronicae 2. abstr. cursus,us m.
publicus electronicus
directory - subst. (plicarum) index,indicis m.
file - subst. scapus,i m; plica,ae f
folder - subst. cooperculum,i n
font - subst. typus,i m.

The Lexicon Recentis Latinitatis may be ordered directly to the Vatican at
the address: ... t_id=29783

The dictionary in now packaged in a single volume (originally was 2). The
cost is 120$ excluding shipping costs.

For any other informations you may look directly at ... escription"


I heard that!!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2003 12:52 am
by Aldus Marius
Avete Latinistae! (sounds almost like Lanistae, gladiator-trainers)

The vocabulary Draco has shared with us for the Information Age is more compact, more succinct than the usual Vatican construction. Nevertheless, as one who still regards Latin as a very healthy language (and it's OK that some here disagree with me), I like seeing new terms come into use, and I have to say that there is more than one way to skin the cat.

Several years ago (when I did Everything Else Worthwhile too), I invented a Latin version of our college computer menu. In so doing I coined a few words, and found new uses for old ones. (My "database", for example, is a tabularium.)

If there is interest, I'll dig the silly thing up and share the selections with you. (Now everyone get together and pray that my old 386 boots up One More Time.)

Off to the Archives,

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2003 11:28 am
by Gnaeus Dionysius Draco
Salve mi Mari!

(I'm on my brother's pc right now)

Yes, please do share them with us. They could be added to the study and learning material on the collegium site.

Vale bene,

Latin Computer Lab Menu

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2003 11:56 pm
by Aldus Marius
Here ya go... (I have no idea how this is going to look in BB2 mode...for better[?] results, cut and paste this into a real text editor [not a word processor; it's the proportional spacing that scrambles these in the first place].)

A. VerbumDecorum cum Grammaticorrector
B. Praeceptor VerbumDecorum
C. Discus 3.5 unciae partire (maxima partitus)
D. Discus 3.5 unciae partire (dimidia partitus)
E. Discus 5.25 unciae partire (maxima partitus)
F. Discus 5.25 unciae partire (dimidia partitus)
G. Scriptura Professionalis
H. Machina-/Electroniscripturam Practicum
I. Fenestrae versionem 3.1
J. Scrutavirus - disci 3.5 unciae
K. Scrutavirus - disci 5.25 unciae
L. Scrutavirus Praeclarus "Cooltool"
M. Praeceptor Mathematicum
N. Praeceptor Machinascripturam
O. Societatum Scientiae
P. Tabularium Electronicam
Q. Calculator


(I was going to give the options in English, and will next time I'm on...but the Library's at 6min. to closing so I gotta wrap this up!)

In retrospect, some of my Latin could use a little tweaking. Pro exemplo, I'm pretty sure all those disks I've been formatting ought to be direct objects. Other hints and allegations welcome; as long as they are done respectfully and gently they will be received the same way. >({|;-)

In fide,

Latin Computer Lab lingua Anglice

PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2003 11:36 pm
by Aldus Marius
As promised (drop another wreath at Fides' shrine)...The Anglish version!!

A. WordPerfect with Grammarcheck
B. WordPerfect Tutor
C. Format 3.5" Floppy (High Density)
D. Format 3.5" Floppy (Double Density)
E. Format 5.25" Floppy (High Density)
F. Format 5.25" Floppy (Double Density)
G. Pro Writer
H. Keyboarding Practice
I. Windows 3.1
J. Check 3.5" disk for Virus
K. Check 5.25" disk for Virus
L. Our best Virus-checker: CoolTool
M. Math Tutor
N. Typing Tutor
O. Social Studies
P. Database
Q. Spreadsheet

(Now maybe the Latin makes a bit more sense?)

You can tell this thing is old. Who here remembers double-density floppies...much less 5.25-inch disks of any stripe?? Or Win3.1...or DOS-based computer menus, for that matter...or the batch files that run them...or DBase...or Lotus 1-2-3...or the DOS version of WordPerfect...or (Gasp!)...typewriters???

If I may be permitted a brief episode of knuckle-buffing (bragging--from the habit of buffing one's knuckles on one's breastplate), I think my choice of calculator for 'spreadsheet' was a small stroke of genius. I mean, what else does a spreadsheet do? Most of the Vatican constructions are in the form of "[thingamajig] that does [whatever] by [such-and-such] means", which is why they're so...awkward. With most of mine, and with calculator and tabularium especially, I demonstrate my preference for simply labelling things according to their nearest ancient equivalent. (Although I stop well short of one fantasy author's designation of rifles as pila...I think an artillery comparison might have been more credible.)

Anyhoo, enjoy these...not least because they, like we, are a window into the past.

In amicitia et fide,