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Oct. 13th, 2008

11:45 am - Are We Rome? Tu Betchus!

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Maureen Dowd's latest column, Are We Rome? Tu Betchus!, compares America's current problems to the fall of Rome. To this end, the column is half in Latin. Well, mostly Latin. It's got a lot of English borrowings thrown in. Would any Latin scholars care to comment on and/or translate it? jdm314? You or one of your amici?

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From:yippee
Date:October 13th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
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I've had the line "Twittering while Rome burns" stuck in my head, but hadn't had a place to put it. Maybe I'll rename my Twitter dumps as such.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:October 13th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Do it. Quick. I'm *this close* to registering a Twitter account myself under that title because I like the idea so much. :)
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From:yippee
Date:October 13th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
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There isn't really a good spot for that on Twitter, maybe on the bio. They don't appear to have a "Title" spot, unlike a blog/LJ. The Twitter account name itself has a 15-character limit - and there's apparently already one named http://twitter.com/WhileRomeBurns

If you can find a place to use it, feel free :)
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From:deckardcanine
Date:October 13th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
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"Georgio Busio Secundo colossale goofballo"? Ay ay ay.
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From:circuit_four
Date:October 13th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Maureen Dowd? Oh, that must be the Anglicization of her real name, "Ellipsis Excerpta Disingenuus."
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From:nefaria
Date:October 13th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Yeesh, I think the folks comparing America to Rome are overplaying their hands a bit. Especially when they claim capitalism is dooming us. We're going through a bad patch caused by people not paying back their loans and the bigwigs who profited from it, not the collapse of Western civilization.
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