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Semper in Stercus

English translation: Always in the Shit

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Latin term or phrase:Semper in Stercus
English translation:Always in the Shit
Entered by: Iain Purvis
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03:10 Sep 18, 2000
Latin to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
Latin term or phrase: Semper in Stercus
Motto beneath crest at head of clients' printed notepaper. Presumably Latin, but not necessarily so. (Not actually part of the job, but it piqued my interest!) Iain.
Iain Purvis
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:52
Always in Dung
Explanation:
This is weird...
The language is Latin.
\"Semper\" means \"always\",
\"in\" means \"in\"
\"stercus\" means \"animal excrements\", \"dung\", usually used to fertilize the land.
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Laura Gentili
Italy
Local time: 09:52
Grading comment
Thanks Laura, I thought that it might be a somewhat tongue-in-cheek reference to their business, which is the manufacture of sludge tankers and similar vehicles for the collection and transport of sewage. Regards, Iain.

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naAlways (getting) into dungWigtil
naAlways in Dung
Laura Gentili


  

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13 mins
Always in Dung


Explanation:
This is weird...
The language is Latin.
\"Semper\" means \"always\",
\"in\" means \"in\"
\"stercus\" means \"animal excrements\", \"dung\", usually used to fertilize the land.

Laura Gentili
Italy
Local time: 09:52
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 95
Grading comment
Thanks Laura, I thought that it might be a somewhat tongue-in-cheek reference to their business, which is the manufacture of sludge tankers and similar vehicles for the collection and transport of sewage. Regards, Iain.
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9 hrs
Always (getting) into dung


Explanation:
Laura's rendition is not quite the end of this discussion.

The Latin preposition "in" means *in* only when it takes the ablative case (which here would have to be: SEMPER IN STERCORE).

Latin "in" plus the accusative case, which is what happens with SEMPER IN STERCUS, means *into*, that is, motion toward/into a goal. Therefore an English rendition will sound very odd without an extra word like *getting* or *winding up in* which echo the motion specified by the Latin grammar.

Other languages of Indo-European ancestry show the same split in meaning of this preposition, including both German and Russian in the modern world.


Wigtil
PRO pts in pair: 67
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