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Beware of Automated Online Latin Translators

 
 
George
 
Reply Mon 20 Dec, 2010 02:34 pm
Consider model Danielle LLoyd. She wanted a tattoo in Latin to say:
"To diminish me will only make me stronger". Apparently she used one
of those automated online translators. Here's what she got:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/04/08/article-1168487-045A8358000005DC-86_468x496.jpg

A closer look:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/04/08/article-1168487-045A8358000005DC-35_468x286.jpg
Unfortunately, Quis attero mihi tantum planto mihi validus breaks down
like this.

Quis --> who? (interrogative pronoun)
attero --> I wear away
mihi --> to me (in the sense of an indirect object)
tantum --> only (hey, got one right!)
planto --> I set
mihi --> (see above)
validus --> strong (masc. nominative)

This poor girl paid good money to have gibberish inked into her skin.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Mon 20 Dec, 2010 02:42 pm
@George,
Based on her pix, I don't think anyone will be overly concerned or (for that matter) even notice. As the saying goes, Do you want good grammar or good taste?"

Incidentally, as aother interesting note, she vertically has tatooed Hebrew lettering up her spine.
George
 
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Reply Mon 20 Dec, 2010 02:45 pm
@Ragman,
Good point.
I doubt anyone has said, "Wow! Did you see the left shoulder on that babe?"
jespah
 
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Reply Mon 20 Dec, 2010 04:33 pm
@George,
I think her Hebrew tat says "This space for rent".
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McTag
 
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Reply Mon 20 Dec, 2010 04:36 pm

And if her Latin was correct?

(yes, it's me again.)
DrewDad
 
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Reply Mon 20 Dec, 2010 05:05 pm
My hovercraft is full of eels.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_Hungarian_Phrasebook

Quote:
The phrase "my hovercraft is full of eels" is often mentioned[1] in relation to any translation system, in particular ones which translate poorly.
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George
 
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Reply Mon 20 Dec, 2010 07:45 pm
@McTag,
McTag wrote:


And if her Latin was correct?

(yes, it's me again.)

Say it, McT!!!
(You know you want to.)
McTag
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 03:14 am
@George,

Well, at least there seems to be a consensus here that she didn't improve herself in the process.
I agree.
Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 05:00 am
I don't understand why people have Latin inscriptions rendered in unical or carolignan script--they ain't nothing remotely Latin about that.
George
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 07:55 am
@Setanta,
I suspect that the set of those who understand the relationship of
Latin to unical or carolignan script and the set of those who desire a
tattoo in a language they don't understand have a small intersect.
George
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 07:58 am
@McTag,
Yeah, I'm with you there.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 08:42 am
@George,
Hehehehehehehehehehe . . .

People who want a tat in Latin hope it will be a conversation starter . . . so they can tell someone what they allege it means . . .

I'd like to have Dulce et decorum est on my shoulder . . . and pro patria mori on my butt . . .
McTag
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 10:18 am
@Setanta,

I've suggested to George he should offer in Latin as his next tattoo commission

"I've decided to disfigure my skin with indelible inks, so I look like a twat"

but so far, to my knowledge at least, he hasn't done it.

Wink
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 10:28 am
@Setanta,
Setanta wrote:
I'd like to have pro patria mori on my butt . . .


I've just booked you an appointment with Jamie.
George
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 10:31 am
@ehBeth,
We are not requesting pictures of this event.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 01:40 pm
@George,
George wrote:

Consider model Danielle LLoyd. She wanted a tattoo in Latin to say:
"To diminish me will only make me stronger"....
This poor girl paid good money to have gibberish inked into her skin.

So, she's been "diminished", it should make her stronger.
George
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 02:44 pm
@rosborne979,
Excellent!
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