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.