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5.0 out of 5 stars Smiles, chuckles, and the occasional guffaw
This delightfully amusing book consists of a series of comments and sayings rendered in English and then translated into Latin. These comments and sayings are grouped under various headings, such as "Flirting Online", "The Trouble with Love", "Insults", "Student Life", "At the Airport".

The sense of humour is always playful, sometimes dry, sometimes droll,...
Published on 5 Aug 2011 by Rydh Tybyans

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3.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Latin
Better than most books of this ilk, although it did miss my favourite phrase;
"Ascendo tuum turpis!"
Published on 23 Sep 2010 by Apehanger


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5.0 out of 5 stars Smiles, chuckles, and the occasional guffaw, 5 Aug 2011
This review is from: 21st Century Latin: From Bovvered to Binge Drinking (Hardcover)
This delightfully amusing book consists of a series of comments and sayings rendered in English and then translated into Latin. These comments and sayings are grouped under various headings, such as "Flirting Online", "The Trouble with Love", "Insults", "Student Life", "At the Airport".

The sense of humour is always playful, sometimes dry, sometimes droll, sometimes whimsical, sometimes outrageous, and I cannot open up and glance into this book without immediately finding myself smiling at the very least.

It is difficult to say just why and how the fact that the comments and sayings, most of which are amusing one way or another in their own right, should be made even more amusing by being translated into Latin. Certainly, the fact that I studied Latin at school and can follow much of the Latin in the translations contributes to my amusement, and I suspect that much of this amusement arises from the contrast between the content of the Latin works I studied (Caesar, Virgil, Ovid, etc.) and the modern, daily-life content of this book.

"Hic habitat felicitas" might be saying a little too much, but only a little!

In summary, I feel that if you are the sort of person who appreciates playful, dry, intelligent humour, you are likely to enjoy this book; and that if you happen to have studied Latin at school, then you are likely to enjoy it even more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased because of Rydh Tybyans review on Amazon., 19 Feb 2013
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I purchased because of Rydh Tybyans detailed and enthusiastic review, and can do no better than to endorse it fully, and to add that it is a book of CCVI pages.
Worry not if you did not "do" Latin; it is too much fun to miss.

Additional fun for the masochistic is to be had by typing the Latin of this book into "Google Translate," then back into English, or another language of your choice, then into Latin, again, then into English, once more.
Chinese whispers never produced such malicious variants.

I did this with the other reviewer's phrase, lamented by him for its omission.
He should be ashamed of using such language!
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3.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Latin, 23 Sep 2010
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Better than most books of this ilk, although it did miss my favourite phrase;
"Ascendo tuum turpis!"
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