Friday, May 18, 2012

Sunt bona, sunt quaedam...

Here is today's distich by Martial, 1.16:

Sunt bona, sunt quaedam mediocria, sunt mala plura
quae legis hic: aliter non fit, Avite, liber.

Some good, and some so-so, most of them naught!
Well, if no worse, the book may still be bought.
- Anon.

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

Avitus - Avitus
mediōcris, -e; mediōcris - middle, average, common

aliter: otherwise, differently
bonus -a -um: good
fīo fierī factus sum: become
hīc, here; hinc: from here
lego legere lēgī lēctum: gather, choose, read
liber librī m.: book
malus -a -um: evil
nōn: not
plūs plūris n.: a greater amount or number, more
quī-, quae-, quoddam: a certain one, someone
qui, quae, quod: who, which, what; quis quid: who? what? which?
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist