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Let go of my ears, I know what I'm doing


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15:32 Sep 19, 2000
English to Latin translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: Let go of my ears, I know what I'm doing
To be placed as a joke apon a Premed students' plaque!

Summary of answers provided
naExpedi me auribus tenens. Scio quid faciam.Wigtil



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Expedi me auribus tenens. Scio quid faciam.

EXPEDI ME: Set me free, release me.
- (imperative singular of EXPEDIRE)
- (the accusative case of EGO as direct object)

AURIBUS TENENS: (Since you are) holding me by the ears.
- (TENENS, nominative singular participle of TENERE, modifying the subject of EXPEDI and taking an implicit ME ["me"] as its direct object)
- (AURIBUS, ablative plural of AURIS showing means/instrument)

(LUPUM AURIBUS TENERE [Roman proverb], to have a wolf by the ears [to be involved in a dangerous situation].)

SCIO: I know.

QUID FACIAM: What I'm doing.
- (QUID, neuter accusative pronoun form of QUIS, showing the direct object of FACIAM)
- (FACIAM, present subjunctive mood of FACERE, present subjunctive required in an indirect question in "primary sequence")

(ODI ET AMO: QUARE ID FACIAM FORTASSE REQUIRIS. / NESCIO, SED FIERI SENTIO ET EXCRUCIOR: A very famous short poem of Catullus [1st century B.C.], in which QUARE ID FACIAM...REQUIRIS. NESCIO... means, "you ask why I'm doing it. I don't know...", likewise with the present subjunctive in an indirect question.)

PRO pts in pair: 11
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