Sunday, October 02, 2005

@reply "Res melius evinissent cum coca"

Quite a few blog entries ago (when I got my VN title), I discussed some Latin. A lot of people don't know that at one point in my life, I was about as fluent in Latin as one could be, without wearing a toga on a daily basis. It was a bad choice of a language, and I let it go by the wayside for a lot, although I still like to use it when I'm translating other languages, since so many come from Latin.

Plus, the recall of Latin (I seem to remember more when drunk) always impresses the ladies. B-)

Or not. =(

Anyway, someone was talking to me tonight, and I was discussing how I was having a diet coke at like midnight. She questioned that, and I said that it was because I was so in love with Coke. She agreed. Then I said the Latin phrase listed above, which roughly translates as "Things go better with coke." She made a joke about the word "cum" (Latin for "with"). We zapped back and forth, and then I eventually hit this in @a chat instead of reply:

"And you like cum too!"

Oops. Holy crap. I was mortified. A few people were on (the ones who would likely be offended had logged), and they laughed it off. But, I was actually quite taken aback and defensive -- it really WAS Latin, and while it was part of a bad pun (from the series of @replies that had been going on), it actually made sense on a non-neanderthal level.

But if I protested too much, it would look too guilty.

Then it got worse.

I got an @tell from a non-alliancemate asking about life, and mentioned that I couldn't talk, as I was too bummed over committing lapsus linguae in @a chat. So what do I do? I type the following without proofing it, so I don't realize I didn't delete before starting to type fresh:

reply It's no big deal, and it really was Latin. I just made a terrible pun but it's ok. (At this point I then asked about a RL friend's surgery).

And I hadn't left off the "@" sign, but instead had typed "@a reply" because I was still focusing on the @a chat.

Oops. At this point, I think people just plain felt sorry for me, and told me to get some sleep (I'd been complaining about being tired earlier).

But I'm still mortified. And I probably still will be tomorrow. And the next day. I forsee LOTS of self-flagellation over this.

On the other hand, maybe this will get me thrown out of the alliance (they do have some strict language rules, which I think is a nice thing). If I do, I won't have to fret over whether I'm any contributor to the group, or just a leech. I'll be solo.

Or, as the Latin goes, my time in the alliance will humum mandere: Bite the dust.

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