With the time rapidly approaching duo o’clock, here is the news

Thursday, 18 July, 2013

If you’re able to tune into Nuntii Latin (stream it from here), a news broadcast service presented weekly by Yle, Finland’s national radio station, you can listen to the news in Latin.

Si quod supernatat navi…

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Alea jacta est, and now the Latin jokes in Asterix will make sense

Monday, 20 May, 2013

Now those of us who know little to no Latin can make sense of the the Latin jokes that feature throughout the Asterix comic books, thanks to the efforts of Andrew Girardin, who has recently been translating them into English.

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Translating Lorem Ipsum is one thing, comprehending is another

Wednesday, 23 May, 2012

Lorem ipsum is a tool long used by web and graphic designers, and allows them to populate in-development layouts with text (there’s load of it in use on the development version of disassociated) without the need for completed copy, which may be yet to be drafted anyway, and also permits the tweaking of font sizes, colours, and what have you.

But what do all these commonly used passages of Latin actually translate to and mean? As US software developer Jeff Atwood discovered, translating Lorem ipsum is one thing, but making meaning of the result is something else.

Ut enim ad minima veniam, quis nostrum exercitationem ullam corporis suscipit laboriosam, nisi ut aliquid ex ea commodi consequatur? Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit, qui in ea voluptate velit esse, quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum, qui dolorem eum fugiat, quo voluptas nulla pariatur?

The above text returns the following English translation when run through Google Translate:

To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault, who are in the wish to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or else he endures pains to avoid certain things, which produces no resultant pleasure?

Quite… lyrical I must admit. If Lorem ipsum were an author I’d probably read his/her books.

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