Monday, September 10, 2007

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

On Sunday the Bears and Cubs both fell out of first place. Each team is one game out of first as of 9:12 a.m. on September 10, 2007. Frankly, the Bears losing to San Diego on the road is not a shocker. The Cubs one game out of first in September is a shock.

In a truly ironic twist, apparently Russian "Jews" who have more or less recently emigrated to Israel have founded a neo-Nazi organization. Seriously. They moved to Israel because they were legally Jews and have founded a neo-Nazi organization. The irony is incredible. Let me guess, Israel would be nice without all the Jews? Amazing. We don't even need to touch on the utter misunderstanding of Nazism's understanding of the role of Slavs (and Russians in particular). The term "untermensch" is commonly applied. That means "subhuman" to those of you who don't lingo the lingo. Unbelieveable.

On a lighter note, CNN ran an article that just lists Latin phrases that you should know. Some of them are good. For instance, caveat emptor, which means "buyer beware" comes up, as does quid pro quo, which means "something for something." Perhaps persona non grata, which means "an unacceptable person" comes up too. But habeas corpus ("you have the body")? Sure, it is a cherished legal right, but it does not come up in conversation very often. E Pluribus Unum ("from many, one")? Probably more important to know before the Civil War and the Reconstruction Amendments. Frankly, the United States seems to be pretty firmly united at this point. Then there are three phrases that are only likely to come up if you hang out with philosophers (cogito ergo sum, or I think therefore I am), priests (ad majorem dei gloriam, or for the greater glory of God), or lawyers (sui generis, or unique).

And those are things you need to know.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

nullum gratuitum prandium
illegitimi non carborundum

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True. There are no free lunches, although nullum gatuitum prandium is a terribly long way of saying that.

Don't let the bastards grind you down (illegitimi non carborundum) appears to be subject to some wiki controversy, but the sentiment is EXACTLY right.

1:04 PM  

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