- Civis Illustris
was looking for another forum apart from wordreference.com and still am quite glad I found it.
Punch-cutting/typecasting are rare skills these days. It would be great to see some samples of your letterpress work. Have you ever heard of the company Mould Type in Leyland, Lancashire? They closed down a few years ago and I have quite a few fonts of type from them. All of their stock and machinery was sold to Japan, I believe.Hi there, I just found my way in. I only had 4 years of Latin in the 60-ies and that's it. I am a printmaking artist, hand papermaker, punchcutter and hand type-caster. I am currently printing an imagined replica of the first book in Italy, by Sweynheym and Pannartz, Donatus Ars Minor 1464 or 65, which has not been preserved. I cut and cast my type including all medieval abbreviatures after the original font which was used for 3 more very beautiful books . I googled the name of my proofreader to find this site. I must say I spent many hours just reading the different threads.
Ye're going to tell me I'm all wrong, but aren't these Latin phrases OK?There was this April Fool's joke in the newspaper, where they were promising to do in-depth daily coverage of the preparations for the royal wedding (Will and Kate), like from MONTHS before, and this being the Guardian you knew it was tongue-in-cheek, but just in case there was any doubt they had a fake coat-of-arms with the legend 'TRANQUILLUS SIS IOCUM EST'. And since I care about the Guardian as the last bastion of educated right-on middle-class values, and (since I had been provoked once before by a headline which said 'VENI VICI IN DOMUM REDII'), I wrote a letter to the Reader's editor to complain about the grammar, and concluding -- oh, I've got a copy here: " ...Honestly, I don't so much mind the way Latin has become comic code for something between prestige and pretentiousness, but the heart sinks at this lame illiteracy. Next time the Guardian wants to put something like this on the front page, just check with me, or someone else who actually knows Latin."
Of course I came across as a humourless pedant, and the editor said something about how the cod Latin had been part of the joke. (I didn't believe her)
So not for the first time I started fantasizing about having a website called checkyourLatin.com, but I figured it would be a nightmare to run. Then I wondered what Latin resources were already out there; and found this site. Ta-da!