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"Multos psittacos ebrios interficis."

Translation:You kill many drunk parrots.

August 29, 2019



What is the deal with killing drunk parrots?


If you'd ever met one you'd know....^-^


Oh God I just realized you're totally a cat person.


A lingot in spite of almost making me spew my coffee on my keyboard.


Ever met a cockatoo? Even sober they are jerks.


Now come on... they love scritches around their necks and dance with you to your favorite music. Just because the feathers on their heads look like a punk haircut doesn't make them jerks.


It does seem like it would be more efficient to just kill the joker who keeps putting booze in their water.


violentiam irritam traferre non velim. i accept an incorrect mark 4 this item.


Anyone who doesn't like violence, get out of here? ;)


Ah, yes, the drunk parrot invasion of 589. I still have nightmares... Ironically, i am a drunk now, and i repeat myself a lot.


I'd prefer to hit the drunk parrots with a fish...


...since everyone is throwing them anyway.


well, there's plenty of fish on the floor

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    I love these. Every chapter I keep reading about drunk or 'undutiful' parrots.


    just don't kill too many of them at once


    Oh Jupiter, and here I've become so attached to them over the span of this course :-(


    Wouldn't it be easier to just get the parrots into some sort of Alcoholics Anonymous program?


    Apparently there's an epidemic of parrot alcoholism in Rome.


    Well that escalated quickly. . .


    Kill two birds with one stone is so yesterday


    Are there really that many drunk parrots to kill?


    yes, and Danish turtles and Swedish bears. It's hopeless


    We do, however, have the Spanish Horses Collecting Teeth.

    ... the Italians keep finding bodies too.


    Why does duolingo like parrots so much?

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    in the Norwegian course it's turtles.


    In the Italian course it was dead bodies. We kept finding them.


    In the French course it's dinosaurs.


    Where? I haven't run across a dinosaur in the French course.


    Apparently Duo doesn't. They're killing them left and right.


    It doesn't. It just killed them


    They seem to favor drunken or angry parrots!


    What is with all the parrots???


    It's a metaphor for us. J/K. I don't know.


    They are drunken and treacherous. Now you have been warned: they are not to be trusted!


    Because everybody just goes around killing any drunk parrots they can find, right?


    what happens in Rome, stays in Rome


    i would have expected to learn phrases that a person could actually use in a conversation. I mean what did you do last night? Oh the usual, I went out and killed some drunk parrots!


    You are more likely to see this in Latin literature than "how are you?"


    I took Latin - Wheelocks, and I disagree. The person's question is fair and I keep considering it with these phrases. Wheelocks gets you through Ceasars Histories but of course there is so much more and Duo doesn't seem to consider the use. If we end up with a decent Latin course we should be able to understand how to use prescriptions, what's in some prescriptions, some legalese, many name of constellations, etc. It's delightful to be in the kitchen looking at ingredients on a can and find wolfs paw and things like that. Latin is everywhere. I believe 60% of the English language is taken from Latin. I suggest everyone go buy Wheelocks Latin book (the standard college text book and always the latest edition) after this course to formalize your education in Latin. I do like Duo's course. It just has nothing on Wheelocks.


    It's for advanced learners. I don't think you could learn all that in a beginner Latin course, that is not even reaching (yet) the A1 level.

    For the %, only 10% of the Latin-rooted word in English are directly from Latin.

    About 80% of the entries in any English dictionary are borrowed, mainly from Latin.

    +60 %of all English words have Greek or Latin roots. In the vocabulary of the sciences and technology, the figure rises to over 90%.

    About 10% of the Latin vocabulary has found its way directly into English without an intermediary (usually French).



    Wheelock's Latin is the de facto US standard, but Kennedy's Revised Latin Primer is widely used across the English-speaking world and is considered the gold standard. (Or so my Latin-speaking friends have told me.) Older versions of Kennedy are public domain and freely available. Unlike science texts, Latin is static, so the 1906 version should be pretty much as good as a modern version. Google "kennedy latin 1906 pdf" to find a source, or just go here and download it:


    P.S. When referring to an introductory instructional text, the word "primer" is pronounced "prim - er", not "prime - er". "Prime - er" refers to the undercoat of paint you put on so that the paint you want sticks to the surface.

    Normally, I wouldn't bother to mention this, but I'm on a forum full of people learning Latin, for heaven's sake. Everyone here knows that "P.S." means post scriptum. So I figured you'd find it interesting.


    And IF you actually run into someone you can converse with in Latin, they will probably me another Duolinguist and what else would you have to discuss besides dead parrots?


    This sounds like a phrase for the Bacchanalia!
    Roman festival to Bacchus where they gallivanted through the town getting drunk, having orgies, and eating household pets. ...at least that's how my Roman Civ professor explained it.


    Like modern day concerts, in short.
    Except the eating pets. I doubt of it.
    Even in Roman times.


    When in Rome...


    Drunken parrots are pre-marinated. Yum.


    Two things.

    a) What is with all the killing in Time? and b) Can parrots even get drunk?


    Yes, parrots can get drunk. From eating very ripe fruit. (no joke)


    I remember a pet shop in downtown Palo Alto. They thought it was funny to give their mascot Macaw a thimble full of gin. He would take it in his claw and drink right up. Poor thing. Probably died of liver failure.


    Guiltily standing over a dead macaw How did Duo know?


    killing parrots? i know you can do better than that, duo. quidem meliorem facere potes.


    It looks like a shoot 'em all game.
    I think I'll create one from this course.


    or a whack-a-mole


    The Greek word for parrot is παπαγάλος (papagálos), and 'papagaio' in Portuguese, so it's probably something like 'papagalicide'. I didn't find this term on Google, so I just created a neologism. The pros do that with Greek and Latin all the time.


    Παπαγάλος is modern Greek; a loan word from Italian papagallo, which, in turn, is a loan word from Arabic. The original Greek word was ψιττακός, hence the Latin psittacus. Since the English language only accepts ancient Greek loan words, as opposed to Modern Greek ones, psittacicide is more likely than papagalicide.


    Wow. Thanks! And you two just answered a question which has been looming in the back of my mind, but not shouting out, demanding to be researched: why are so many Italian words different from Latin? So the answer is that many were inherited from Germanic languages, Greek, Arabic, and others. Most literature on the etymology of the Italian language deals with its similarity to Latin and its development from regional dialects and its eventual unification. Even now I spent an hour and found nothing speaking of the other influences. One of the more interesting discoveries I made is this 1949 book, "The Story of Language," which you can read in its entirety here: https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.74047/page/n317. Of particular interest is the chapter on Romance languages starting on pg. 318. Use the slide tool at the bottom of the page to go there, and the magnification tool to read more comfortably.


    violentiam irritam traferre non velim. gratias vobis ago. i will accept an incorrect.

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