Latin Saying: Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges.

In the most corrupt state are the most laws.

I have heard this expressed as “Laws are for the lawless.” A law does not change a person’s heart. A law will make a bad person be more careful so they don’t get caught. In a sense a law is aspirational. It is how we hope society to be not how it is. How it gets to that good place takes more than a law.

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Latin Saying: Multi famam, conscientiam pauci verentur.

Multi famam, conscientiam pauci verentur.
Many fear their reputation, few their conscience.

I like the pithiness of Latin sayings. They get to the point quickly. This saying gets across people worry about looking good instead of being good.

Many English words come from Latin so we get introduced to our language’s roots. Which English words do you see in this saying?

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Do You Remember When……. ?

      • All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
      • It took five minutes for the TV warm up?
      • Nearly everyone’s Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?
      • Nobody owned a purebred dog?
      • When a quarter was a decent allowance?
      • You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?
      • Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?
      • All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels?
      • You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time?
      • And you didn’t pay for air.
      • And, you got trading stamps to boot?
      • Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?
      • It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?
      • They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed . . .and they did?
      • When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car… to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?
      • No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?
      • Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like,”That cloud looks like a …”
      • and playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?
      • Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?
      • And with all our progress, don’t you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today?
      • When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?
      • Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn’t because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
      • Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat!
      • But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
      • As well as summers filled with bike rides, baseball games, Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
      • Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say, “Yeah, I remember that”?

      I am sharing this with you today because it ends with a double dog dare to pass it on.
      To remember what a double dog dare is, read on.

      • And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.
      • How many of these do you remember?
      • Candy cigarettes
      • Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
      • Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
      • Coffee shops with table side jukeboxes
      • Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.
      • Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
      • Newsreels before the movie
      • P.F. Fliers
      • Telephone numbers with a word prefix….(Raymond 4-601).
      • Party lines
      • Peashooters
      • Howdy Dowdy
      • 45 RPM records
      • Green Stamps
      • Hi-Fi’s
      • Metal ice cubes trays with levers
      • Mimeograph paper
      • Beanie and Cecil
      • Roller-skate keys
      • Cork pop guns
      • Drive ins
      • Studebakers
      • Washing machines with wringers
      • The Fuller Brush Man
      • Reel-To-Reel tape recorders
      • Tinkertoys
      • Erector Sets
      • The Fort Apache Play Set
      • Lincoln Logs
      • 15 cent McDonald hamburgers
      • 5 cent packs of baseball cards – with that awful pink slab of bubble gum
      • Penny candy
      • 35 cent a gallon gasoline, (I remember 29 cent gasoline!)
      • Jiffy Pop popcorn
      • eeny-meeny-miney-moe
      • Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, “Do Over!”?
      • “Race issue” meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
      • Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?
      • It wasn’t odd to have two or three “Best Friends”?
      • The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was “cooties”?
      • Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
      • A foot of snow was a dream come true?
      • Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action figures?
      • “Oly-oly-oxen-free” made perfect sense?
      • Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
      • The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
      • War was a card game?
      • Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
      • Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?
      • Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

      If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!!!!
      Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their “grown-up” life . . .
      I double-dog-dare-ya!

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S.P.Q.Ratburger

S.P.Q.Ratburger!

As some of you may have read in a post yesterday, I have decided to cancel my subscription at another site and spend a lot more time here. As part of that decision, I have given a group that I used to run there a domum novam (new home) here on Ratburger.

The group S.P.Q.Ratburger, a Latin language group, is now open to all diners. So, if you can read, write, or even speak Latin, then stop on by.

And if you’re a total novice and just want to learn, then submit a saying or phrase, comic or serious. Once a week I will choose one, translate it, and explain the mechanics of the translation.

Hey, it’s not like you have to lead your armies across a river and spark a civil war. Stop by.

Valete!

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Rose by any other name

Why do it simply when you can do it hard? Here is the way to write “rose” in Japanese.

薔薇

 

 

This is a lot of work so most Japanese just write the pronunciation:

バラ (bara)

Bonus question:

How many strokes does it take to write “rose” in Japanese?

What do you think of a language with such a complicated writing system? Japanese themselves are struggling because they are using computers so they have trouble remembering how to write. They can read fine but they get blank faces when they have to write the “big words”.

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Michael Rectenwald on Postmodernism, Social Justice, and Academic Conformity

Professor Michael Rectenwald of New York University used to describe himself as a “libertarian communist” and spent many years embedded in the leftist milieu of the academy.  He then underwent an awakening to the madness of political correctness, the social justice agenda, and the absurdity of postmodern intersectional critical studies of dozens of genders and began to speak out on Twitter, eventually publishing Springtime for Snowflakes, a book about his experiences and what he learned.

Here is an hour and a half interview of Prof. Rectenwald by Glenn Beck on the latter’s podcast.

This is long, but it provides an in-depth look at the history, intellectual roots, and fundamental errors of the disease which has infected the campuses and is spreading into the larger society.  Say what you want about Glenn Beck, he is a superb interviewer who gets out of the way and lets the guest speak directly to the audience.

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#WontBeErased

Leftists have a new reason for high dudgeon this week.   The New York Times reported on a draft memo allegedly leaked from HHS that Team Trump is working on to make changes to interpretations of sex law.   The NYT headline:  “Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration.”

An internet search shows lots of fearmongering editorials about how Team Trump is going to redefine gender to eliminate all 57 (or 72) shades of confusion.

Team Trump needs to make this clear.   What is needed is to define the word “sex.”   There are only two sexes, male and female.   Everyone who is not either XX or XY has a serious birth defect.

The issue of gender confusion can be left alone.   That ship has sailed.   The Left has enshrined all sorts of gender confusion into popular culture.

But there is no good reason to let anything but science be the definition of, and limiting factor for, the word “sex,” especially in matters of sex law.

We should all be careful to delineate the difference between the two concepts.

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Two spaces.

Ha.  All you one-spacers can read the latest study in the Journal of Attention, Perception & Psychophysics.   The lead researcher was Rebecca L. Johnson of Skidmore College.   Here is the abstract:

The most recent edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) Manual states that two spaces should follow the punctuation at the end of a sentence. This is in contrast to the one-space requirement from previous editions. However, to date, there has been no empirical support for either convention. In the current study, participants performed (1) a typing task to assess spacing usage and (2) an eye-tracking experiment to assess the effect that punctuation spacing has on reading performance. Although comprehension was not affected by punctuation spacing, the eye movement record suggested that initial processing of the text was facilitated when periods were followed by two spaces, supporting the change made to the APA Manual. Individuals’ typing usage also influenced these effects such that those who use two spaces following a period showed the greatest overall facilitation from reading with two spaces.

The article is behind a paywall, but the article was summarized at The Atlantic.   They point out that the study is limited, with a small nonrepresentative sample size.   Nevertheless, I think we two-spacers stand vindicated by science.

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TOTD 2018-2-19: Credit and Responsibility

Why is it people run to the front of the line to take credit but duck responsibility? Is it human nature to think all the problems were made by others and all the good came from ME?

Historically, people were proud of the colossal disasters the day before. The day after they didn’t want “Enron” on the resume.

To use the polling technique from the last election, what type of person is your neighbor? A Credit Hog or a “It’s not MY fault.”?

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TOTD 2018/2/11: What’s ate-ing you?

This will be a word exercise of rhyming words of various verbs that get at the heart of people.

Do you create?

Do you debate?

Do you rebate?

Do you relate?

Do you ablate?

Do you prate?

Do you rate?

Do you hate?

Do you wait?

Do you placate?

Do you berate?

Do you castrate?

Do you sedate?

Do you fixate?

(I think you get the idea. )

Use one of my words or one of your own.

Right now, I feel I pixilate.

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TOTD:2018/2/6: Sines of the Times

I often wonder if there are gremlins that magically put mistakes in things when you hit print/publish. What is really bad is when a sign is made. Hundreds of dollars are spent to communicate how great your business is but someone forgot to proofread the foot high letters. I feel really bad for my non-English speaking neighbors because they don’t know how bad it looks.

There is a Beauty Salon near my house. But the signs says in big silver letters “Beaty Salon”.  It has been there for years.

I see this every week in Osaka. The Japanese is clear but the English is confusing. Do you Ratz get the meaning?


Please share your favorite typo story. You’re content will ad to hour sight.

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Free Expression

What do we mean by free expression? What are the limiting principles? Are there rules of the road like there are in driving?

Society limits speech in various ways. It has a list of forbidden words. Things that get bleeped on TV. In the modern age it seems this list has gotten larger.

Society limits expression by the situation. No talking loudly in the library. No comic routines at funerals. No snoring in class.

Society limits expression by the slight raising of the eyebrows. “That shouldn’t be said here” is unsaid but understood. A strange silence and stare occurs. I remember the famous writer Tom Wolfe relating saying at a party he was voting for George W Bush. People looked at him like he was a pedophile.   This forces people to whisper things for fear of being looked down on.

I am curious what you think. There are the high-minded thoughts on free expression and the way things really are in practice. Let me know in the comments.

 

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