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.

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

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