semper ubi sub ubi

English translation: [Latin words, but not a Latin phrase. Only an old joke -- see the explanation.]

09:07 Dec 20, 2000
Latin to English translations [Non-PRO]
Latin term or phrase: semper ubi sub ubi
It was something someone asked me if I knew, I have no knowledge of Latin
Jody
English translation:[Latin words, but not a Latin phrase. Only an old joke -- see the explanation.]
Explanation:
This is a joke in the macaronic style, that is, using words from Latin to create English sentences.

The phrase is meaningless in Latin. Individually the words are as follows:
SEMPER: always.
UBI: where.
SUB: under.

Now, if you say the English words, rather than the Latin, the resulting sounds resemble the English sentence, "Always wear underwear."

It's a very old joke among Anglophone students of Latin.

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na +2[Latin words, but not a Latin phrase. Only an old joke -- see the explanation.]
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4 hrs peer agreement (net): +2
[Latin words, but not a Latin phrase. Only an old joke -- see the explanation.]


Explanation:
This is a joke in the macaronic style, that is, using words from Latin to create English sentences.

The phrase is meaningless in Latin. Individually the words are as follows:
SEMPER: always.
UBI: where.
SUB: under.

Now, if you say the English words, rather than the Latin, the resulting sounds resemble the English sentence, "Always wear underwear."

It's a very old joke among Anglophone students of Latin.




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