Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Contra verbosos...

Here is today's distich by Cato (so-called), 1.10, with English translations by Duff and Chase.

Contra verbosos noli contendere verbis:
Sermo datur cunctis, animi sapientia paucis.


Try not with words the talker to outdo;
On all is speech bestowed: good sense on few.
(Chase)

To fight the wordy you must words eschew:
Speech is bestowed on all, sound sense on few.
(Duff)

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are three words which are not on the DCC list:

contendo -ere, contendī, contentum - stretch, contend, compete
sapientia f. - wisdom
verbōsus -a -um - wordy, verbose

animus -ī m.: spirit, mind
contrā: against, opposite (adv. and prep. +acc.)
cūnctus -a -um: entire all together
do dare dedī datum: give
nōlo nōlle, nōluī: be unwilling
paucī -ae -a: few
sermo -ōnis m.: conversation, discourse
verbum -ī n.: word


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