Friday, 25 January 2008

Dave, can I check this with you please?

Beatae sunt quae ab ipsis occultare sapiunt.

They are happy who know how to conceal (or cover) themselves - is that right?

And I'm assuming this is meant to insult, so can you please help me with a non-insulting but appropriate rejoinder*, because you are so much more clever than I am.

I'd said, at the end of my letter, that I hadn't meant to upset her, I thought she was making too much of it and that my reasons for not joining her class were reasonable ones. I'm sorry, I know this is stupid and I hadn't meant to reply to whatever she said back, but I am indeed that petty.

Love and respect

Z

*cough cough - with the translation, please ;-)

And I promise I'll drop this now and be frivolous tomorrow. Um. Right, I've got it...

6 comments:

luckyzmom said...

Blessed advice which (is) from her secret wisdom.

Dave said...

Sorry, I'm not very well today, and am having trouble focusing, so apologies for any typos.

How about: Re vera, cara mea, mea nil refert.

('Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.' An obscure classical reference which she may not get.)

Z said...

Excellent, Dave, and I'm sorry to bother you when you're ill - but what are friends for, if not to burden them?

I've decided not to be petty after all, however, and to let her have the last word.

Good Ol Google said...

http://www.freedict.com/onldict/lat.html

Dandelion said...

I'm sorry, I know this is stupid and I hadn't meant to reply to whatever she said back, but I am indeed that petty.

That happened to me once... :-) I am impressed but not surprised that you rose above it.

Z said...

I'm a lot older than you are, Dandelion. One learns by one's own mistakes, not by being told of others'.