Τρίτη, Απριλίου 4

Late Antique Snobbery

An epigram of Palladas (A.P. 10.98):

Πᾶς τις ἀπαίδευτος φρονιμώτατός ἐστι σιωπῶν,
τὸν λόγον ἐγκρύπτων ὡς πάθος αἰσχρότατον.

Every uneducated man is wisest if he remains silent,
hiding his speech like a disgraceful disease.

(translated by W. R. Paton)

from Curculio

You Know You're A Greek Geek When...

At the Athens Olympics there was a background graphic showing an ancient Greek epigraph behind the commentators and you spent more time deciphering that than watching the news reports...

Bad Bad Bad Latin Joke

The Latin professor was uncharacteristically late in returning home. His wife was starting to worry when he entered the house. His hair was disheveled, his clothes were torn, his glasses were broken, and his left eye was starting to swell up.

"What happened to you?"

"My dear, you won't believe it. On my way home from school I was set upon by a bunch of hoodla."

He was so upset that he went to a bar near his house for a drink to settle his nerves.

"What'll it be?" asked the bartender.

"A martinus," said the professor.

"Don't you mean martini?"

"If I wanted more than one I'd ask for more than one."

Κυριακή, Απριλίου 2

Curnonsky on Nutmeg

The French Gourmet Curnonsky on Nutmeg:

Anyone who has tasted this spice no longer desires others, just as anyone who has made love with a chinese woman no longer desires to make love with other women.

Uhhhhhh..... okaaaaaaayyyy......

Savage Garden's Truly Madly Deeply

Am I the only one who is bothered by the line 'I wanna lay like this forever...'?

Surely he's confusing the intransitive lie with the transitive lay... it should be 'I wanna lie like this forever', unless he's referring to producing eggs?

Then again, I'm a pedant... I can't listen to Paul Lekakis' song with the line 'while the temperature rises up' without wincing either.

Σάββατο, Απριλίου 1

Possibly The Least Patient Kid Ever

This is quite disturbing. The kid seems to be freaking out while waiting for his computer and game to load. Amusing though, that he's German - I can just about make out 'scheiße', 'schnell' and 'spielen'...

I wonder how that got captured on film though...

SARMALE

Ok. Romanian lady from church is now officially on my EVIL PEOPLE list. Middle of Great Lent and she sends me recipe for Sarmale - Minced pork wrapped in pickled cabbage leaves... with pictures! aaaaargh!!!

It's awfully good stuff - had some at the Romanian National Day celebrations last year. Must make some after Pascha...