Re: [ANE-2] Re: World's oldest jokes, and mottos
- Just a guess: "Omni oratio" = "A speech for everything."
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Brian Colless <briancolless@...>
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08/09/2008 01:59 PM
Please respond to
[ANE-2] Re: World's oldest jokes, and mottos
Omni oratio nil labor'
> 'all talk, no action' (Jim West)A poker face, I guess.
> Jim (my Facebook friend) I would have liked to see what kind of a
> face you were pulling when you wrote that.
Would you like to parse each word for me and explain the syntax?
omni (not omnis or omne or omnia): dative case singular 'to all'
oratio: nominative singular 'speech'
labor: nominative singular 'work, activity'; verb 1st p sg 'I slip,
ni(hi)l : indeclinable 'nothing'
I know all Latin epigrams are meant to be obscure, and they always
Our Fort Street school motto was: Faber est quisque suae fortunae
(every word in an abnormal position: Everyone is the maker of their
Can we ask John Wall what wall he found this graffito on, which he has
taken as his motto?
On 8/08/2008, at 2:47 AM, Jim West wrote:
> Brian Colless wrote:
> (I was a Latin teacher once, but the sense of 'Omni oratio nil labor'
> eludes me, too.)
> If I may-
> 'all talk, no action'
> it's kind of funny for a signature.
> Jim West, ThD
> http://jwest.wordpress.com -- Blog
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