Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Doober, Apr 23, 2012.
Try this: irrumator, -oris
Worse than "wanker"
I have to give my grandmother credit for teaching me latin... So fun to make a point/comments that few people get (like the dolts at TSA) but yet makes the point clear as a bell.
Mike have to give you credit where its due, but dang man I just shot Dr Pepper all over the screen.
It was my undergrad & grad major. As a TA I also taught the first couple years of as well as the undergrad sequence in Latin composition.
I learned this one when one of my profs dodged the subject in class.
It's a perfect fit for TSA given how much time they spend on their knees in front of other men.
Pretty much dead on about TSA.
Never any formal study just taught by my grandmother who had a masters degrees in Latin, math, and psychology. One smart woman. My mom taught me if I didn't have anything nice to not say anything at all... My grandmother on the other hand was of the thinking just not in English. Make the target of the comments go look it up when they got a chance 2for1 deal.
good one. looking this up, Catullus used it"
praesertim quibus esset irrumator.
A modern wag translates that as "a Clintonizer" which I thought clever, but inaccurate, since Monica was at least willing, and we are not.
Didn't Catullus use this in a poem?
Edited to add: Oh, sorry, I jumped the gun. Just saw nachtnebel's response.
Problem is that describes the passengers better than it does Pedosmurfs.
Hrm. I learned that one as "irrumator, -atrix."
"Insulsissimus est homo!" is always a good choice. There are plenty to choose from that aren't necessarily "rude" by our standards. Certainly not profane.
The Chinese slang used in the "Firefly" TV series has a few choice ones, too, my favorite being "跟猴子比丟屎 ・ Gun HOE-tze bee DIO-se". While possibly incorrect, it's been translated as "have a (expletive deleted)-throwing contest with a monkey."
Shakespeare provided some good ones:
Thou roguish crook-pated fustilarian! Would the fountain of your mind were clear again, that I might water an (expletive deleted) at it. Taken from: Troilus and Cressida
[Thou art] a fool, a coward, one all of luxury, an (expletive deleted), a madman. Taken from: Measure for Measure
Peace, ye fat guts! Taken from: Henry IV, part I
You speak unskilfully: or, if your knowledge be more, it is much darkened in your malice. Taken from: Measure for Measure
So, so, thou common dog, didst thou disgorge thy glutton bosom. Taken from: Henry IV, part 2
You do unbend your noble strength, to think So brainsickly of things. –from Macbeth
Canst thou believe thy living is a life, so stinkingly depending? Go mend, go mend. Taken from: Measure for Measure
[Thou art] a most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise breaker, the owner of no one good quality.Taken from: All's Well That Ends Well
Most unlikely, -atrix is not a genitive singular ending.
Highly likely, as my Latin education was highly informal and likely wrong on any number of counts...
Alas, while I could read latin pretty easily in the past, it was medieval latin, sadly lacking such gems as "irrumator". Not something covered in the Summa, although you're inspiring me to check, perhaps in a reference to some unpopular Pope....
Okay, now I'm really dying to know what your background is. I know some of Mike's, but not yours. And all these references to Aquinas, the Greeks, the classics in general that you sprinkle all over TUG -- did you go to seminary before joining the military? Or were you Special Forces? Those guys, in my admittedly limited experience, have a helluva broad educational background.
I would just like to interject that it makes me very happy to read a thread in which people are discussing both Catullus and the Chinese insults in Firefly.
me and celibacy have never ever mixed.
[edit add] Not that I would cast aspersions on those called to it, btw.
Heehee, Lisa, there are well educated people sprinkled in the world, we're just usually drowned out by the fools who lap up 'Housewives of____' and other silliness.
More of a Scaper myself.
Not to mention Aeryn's...umm...resistance.
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