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10:42 May 29, 2002
English to Latin translations [Non-PRO] / DIY
English term or phrase:do-it-yourself
Can anyone offer a Latin rendering of "do-it-yourself", as in the sport of fixing up your own car, house, etc.
I suppose I should have stated this first: I am looking for a phrase which sounds like the name of a disease or medical condition: which would be in English "DIY lethargy", i.e. tired of fixing/repairing things.
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Explanation: Hi Chris,
I cannot think about a suitable expression this early in the morning.
You could use above "faber" is at the root of "fabrication" in the sense of making, manufacturing....
paola l m
CLS Lexi-tech Local time: 09:09 Native speaker of: Italian PRO pts in pair: 8
ipse/ipsa fac; ipse/ipsa faciens; [many more possibilities].
Explanation: You need to explain what kind of sentence you are using this phrase in. The "context" a translator needs is not an explanation of the word, but the sentence or paragraph in which the expression occurs. Here's why...
The command, "Do it yourself," in Latin would be:
- IPSE FAC (if you're talking to a man)
- IPSA FAC (if you're talking to a woman)
- IPSI FACITE (if you're talking to two or more men or to a mixed group)
- or else IPSAE FACITE (if you're talkinig to two or more women)
A phrase describing a person, like, "He's a do-it-yourself fellow," would be rendered IPSE FACIENS, with many additional complications (man or woman? one or more-than-one? subject of the verb or object of the verb? -- etc.)
A phrase describing a thing, like, "This is a do-it-yourself project," would require somewhat more complex grammar in Latin, such as HOC EST OPUS IPSIS FACIENTIBUS.
So a little more *context* would be necessary.
David Wigtil United States Local time: 09:09 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 60