My Dumbphone Speaks Latin

November 26, 2013 by Jen

…what can your smartphone do?

1215441700743422472thilakarathna_Mobile_Phone.svg.medRecently, my aging phone has begun to talk back.

In Latin.

In complicated Latin.

Any time I attempt to use the coordinating conjunction “but”, my phone decides that it would prefer to use “ut”. And, as every classically educated scholar knows, “ut” is one of the more complicated Latin terms to translate.

“Ut is one of the most frustrating words to translate in Latin, along with ‘quam’ and ‘quod’ due to its range of meanings. Students tend to translate it as ‘in order to …’ automatically, when this is only one of its possible translations.” (1)

Uh-oh: does my phone want me to use a result clause, a purpose clause, or an indirect command?

Should I use an indicative verb or a subjunctive verb?

Why can’t I just text in English?

All I wanted to do was to use a coordinating conjunction.

*sniff*

I’m not even using AutoCorrect!

My dumb phone: making me feel dumber every day.

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