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Beard, Henry

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ISBN 10: 0679406743 / ISBN 13: 9780679406747
Published by Villard, New York, 1991
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Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. ; 7.95 X 5.43 X 0.79 inches; 112 pages; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. Bookseller Inventory # 73818

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Publisher: Villard, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First Edition; Second Printing.

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Oh, darn, there I go again! You know, I just can't help speaking Latin.

Ecce, denuo ago, sicut soleo! Non enim possum facere quin Latine loquar.

It's so second nature to me, sometimes I don't even know I'm doing it!

Adeo huius mihi rei natura facta est, ut interdum nesciam quidem me sic facere!

So you thought you'd already soaked up as much scire facere (savoir faire) as you could by reading that howlingly funny yet highly literate guide to all things Latin, the best-selling Latin for All Occasions. Well, you still have some things to learn. Henry Beard, having already freed former altar boys and Latin-class alumni and alumnae from their previously held assumption that Latin is dead, is now going all out to bring this formerly moribund language into the twentieth century. Henricus has realized that he simply cannot stop when there are people in this world who don't know how to say. "Please don't squeeze the Charmin!" in Latin ("Sis, noli Volvivoluptatem comprimere!"), so he has prepared an entirely new, even funnier way to deal with all possible situations. You can impress your friends as never before on St. Patrick's Day when you yell, "Hibernia in aeternum!" ("Erin, go bragh!") and wow a tour guide by musing, "Scire velim ubi taberna munusculorum sit" ("I wonder where the gift shop is"). Break into show biz with your impressions of Marlon Brando, "Proeliator fuissem" ("I could've been a contender"); Cary Grant, "ludaea, ludaea, ludaea" ("Judy, Judy, Judy"); and James Cagney. "Tu, rattus turpis!" ("You dirty rat!"). Breeze by the stiffest of maitre d's by saying, 'Cauponas percenseo" ("I'm a restaurant reviewer"). Your Latin education simply isn't complete without it.

Tete oblecta! (Have fun!)

About the Author:

Henry Beard spent eight harrowing years studying Latin. After cofounding the English-language periodical National Lampoon and writing a number of books in English. including Sailing: A Sailor's Dictionary and Miss Piggy's Guide to Life, he is happy finally to have an opportunity to make some use of his knowledge of a language that really hasn't been all that helpful over the years, except for the time he suddenly realized that the thing he was about to order from the menu of a restaurant in Rome looked an awful lot like the Latin word for "eel". Mr. Beard resided in Novi Eboraci (New York).

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