My good buddy, New Yorker Don Frankel, stated today that he’s into Latin mottos lately (see comments to yesterday’s It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time post under Speak Without Interruption, which you can access and click via the Blogroll in the right column).

Don doesn’t say exactly why the sudden interest in Lingua Latina. Perhaps this beautiful weather we’ve been having lately has him thinking thoughts of spring, when a young man’s fancy turns to amare, and an old man wishes he were young again (not that Don is old, but why wait until the last minute). The time to start practicing those Latin pickup lines is now, because you never know when you might run into a fellow lover of Latin in Manhattan who’s not a fellow.

So, here we go, Don. Start memorizing these now, and before you know it, the feminas will be flocking around you like a reincarnated Rudolpho Valentino:

Nonne alicubi prius convenimus?
Haven’t we met somewhere before?

Apparet te habere ingenium profundum.
You strike me as a very deep person.

Credo fatum nos coegisse.
I think fate brought us together.

Romani quidem artem amatoriam invenerunt.
You know, the Romans invented the art of love.

Apudne te vel me?
Your place or mine?

O Deus! Plus! Perge! Aio! Hui!
Oh God! More! Go on! Yes! Ooh!

Non sum paratus me committere.
I’m not ready to make a committment.

Spero nos familiares mansuros.
I hope we’ll still be friends.



4 comments on “FOR DON, THE LATIN LOVER

  1. arekhill1 says:

    Google Translate–Making everybody sound erudite. It’s a good thing.


  2. mistermuse says:

    Apropos good things, here’s an appropriate theme song to help get Don in the spirit:


  3. Don Frankel says:

    Thank you Muse. It is great to be the subject of a mistermuse article and better still now I know what to say. Now it has been awhile and people not just you but others I know, seem to have forgotten. Just last week someone asked me. “Do you want to meet someone?” :”Of course.” I replied. “Riahnna. Do you know her?”

    I will use Credo fatum no coegisee, at the appropriate time. The motto I was looking for was ‘Write and find your audience’. The computer told me it was ‘Et scriba, et aures vestrae’. Someone else told me that that wasn’t grammatically correct but gave a big long sentence. Mottos have to be short like Semper Fidelis and Sic sempter tyrannis. They also gave me Pro buono publico which I might start putting at the end of my articles. I mean i was a Civil Servant for 25 years why abandon the dream.

    I loved the song too.


  4. mistermuse says:

    Coincidentally, the lyricist (Al Dubin) of that song died on a February 11th, the same day I wrote this post. Although little remembered today, Dubin was one of the greatest and most prolific lyricists in the history of American popular music. His songs include Shuffle Off To Buffalo, You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me, I Only Have Eyes For You, Lullaby Of Broadway, September In The Rain and hundreds more.


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