I can't believe myself, laughing like a middle school kid while typing out the translation.
It's so gross when people have forgotten to flush, but now we have something we can exclaim, ""Stercus sordidum in latrina sedet!"
I had to check every single word's dictionary definition, not because I didn't know the words, but because I couldn't believe that Duo wanted us to say that. Dirty owl.
Why do "stercus" and "sordidum" have different endings if dirty is describing the poop ?
In this case, stercus is not a masculine 2nd declension noun. It is a neutral 3d declension noun (stercus -oris). So sordidum actually matches the gender of the noun pretty well.
Well, it's useful to learn both the nominative and genitive case. So if nom. -a then it's 1st declension (Roma -ae) if nom. -us and gen. -i then it's 2nd declension masculine (populus -i) if nom. -us and gen. -oris then it's a 3rd declension neuter (stercus -oris) if nom. -us and gen. -us then it's a 4th declension noun (manus -us) if nom. -um then it's a 2nd declension neuter (donum -i) if nom. -es and gen. -is it's a 3rd declension noun (vates -is) if nom. -es and gen. -ei it's a 5th declension noun. (meridies -ei) if nom. -er and gen. -eri/-ri it's a 2nd declension masculine (puer -eri) Any other ending is 99% in the 3rd declension.
Thanks for taking the time to write all that out. I'm staring at it and my brain is saying, "This is as hard as advanced calculus." I hope that grammar book I ordered gets here soon, and is not too overwhelming.
That's a great question! It's because the word stercus is neuter, even though it doesn't look like it. Sordidum is describing a singular nominative neuter noun, so it has to match the case, number, and gender.
Here I am more baffled by the English sentence. What kind of poop sits in the toilet? The Christmas Poop in South Park is the only thing that comes to mind.