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There's something oddly ridiculous about seeing Christmas decorations… - Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet.... — LiveJournal
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There's something oddly ridiculous about seeing Christmas decorations in the department stores this early. Then again, I can talk since I'm already preparing cards and considering what dad and I are going to make for Sinterklass. Must get Oma's cookbook down and look at some recipes. But still, the idea of decorations being up now is somewhat puzzling to me. Oh, well.

On Monday, I came upon the ninety year-old Codex of Canon Law that I bought from Archives a few months ago. Like the Horace book, the whole book is in Latin. The preface and everything. So naturally I thought 'Oh, crusty old church law! What fun to translate! Up and at it!'

I got through two pages of rough translating before I gave up. I still want to translate it, but my Latin dictionary just isn't covering the vocabulary in there. Probably because classical Latin and ecclesiastical Latin are much more different than I had anticipated. Not that it's exactly bad though, the church seems to like using English word order for sentences, and some of the words were just English words that were 'Latinized'. Still, I think I'm going to need a new dictionary, preferably one that covers what's in the Vulgate. As it is, my beloved Collins edition is starting to fall apart and the ancient ones that I was given by my old religion teacher Mr Carroll are too fragile to carry around. So, a new one it is.

Incidentally, the first sentence I translated in the codex told me that I wasn't allowed to translate the book into another language unless I had permission from Vatican. Knowing me and my procrastinating ways, it'll probably be my excuse if I don't go near it again for the rest of summer. XD

In fandom-related news....

...the first season of House is coming out on dvd 30th of November. They advertised it after last night's episode, which was ohsogood because the snark was in full swing with all those students in the lecture. And Wilson, who I honestly found a little boring in the early episodes (don't hit me!), has really grown on me.

...Channel 7 is repeating Lost over the non-ratings summer period as well, which is good since it was one of those shows-I-wanted-to-watch-but-didn't-because-I-missed-the-first-few-episodes.

...and I've seriously been getting into Firefly over the past couple of weeks. And Simon is love. That is all.

Current Mood: thoughtful thoughtful
Current Music: Gorillaz- Dirty Harry

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sarah From: sarah Date: November 17th, 2005 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Sinterklaas! Yey!
engastrimyth From: engastrimyth Date: November 17th, 2005 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I feel that the timing of Christmas decorations is an improvement on the last couple of years. Three years ago, Myers had them up in September. Fortunately, that seems to have been the apex of that insanity. Unless it's going in some sort of horrible cycle.

House last night was SO GOOD. Just when I thought I couldn't love Hugh Laurie more!

And all should feel the Simon-love. Because... Simon. :: pets ::
thecoweyed From: thecoweyed Date: November 18th, 2005 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
What Latin dictionary are you using? I'm sure you can find an Ecclesiastical Latin dictionary on amazon, or, if you don't want to buy it, at your school library. Otherwise... well, I've never tried to use the L&S to translate church Latin, so I'm not sure. Surely at least the OLD is comprehensive?

normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: November 18th, 2005 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Currently, I use a Collins edition that more or less filled in small gaps for me from the vocabulary that was supplied in our Reading Latin Grammar text.

I would love an OLD, but the problem lies therein that the Lewis and Short edition is AU$425.00. It has been recommended by my lecturers, but....it's just an awful lot of money for a student to pay. :( Especially one that's saving up for an overseas trip.
The other big dictionary listed on Oxford's site (the Glare edition) is listed as costing AU$975.00. o_O I honestly don't want to believe that's true. Nearly $1000 for a dictionary?! That can't be correct, can it?

I've sworn off Amazon (ordered a book from them this year that took six months to get to me. Wasn't impressed.), but I think if I look hard enough in the city, I can find a decent ecclesiastical Latin dictionary at least. Good old Borders can help me with that.
thecoweyed From: thecoweyed Date: November 18th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee. When I was in high school, I decided I needed a Big Honkin' Latin Dictionary, so one Christmas the Lewis and Short was the only thing on my list.

And I proceeded to need nothing but my little pocket dictionary through not only all of high school, but college, too. Damned if having my own L&S isn't helpful in grad school, though. It's been getting its recompense for all those years of dust on my bookshelf, recently.

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