https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mreaderclt

The worst joke you'll read today, in Latin

There are many wise and useful expressions passed down from Latin to English. This isn't one of them.

It is good advice, though.

Semper ubi sub ubi.

Hint: It's only funny (well, slightly, anyway) if you translate word for word. And then think about how it sounds in English.

I ran across this while looking for some info on another site. (I think I might remember it from a "Frasier" episode.)

The joke is on urbandictionary.com, if you're truly stumped.

September 2, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juliet569059

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielVanD18

It looks like he does it a million times. I watched for a bout 2 minutes seeing if it changed :)

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mreaderclt

I know the feeling. :)

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juliet569059

Reminds me of kindergarten.

“What’s under there?”

“Under where?”

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DEstuardo

took me a while. Did not laugh but I exhaled harder once. Take it or leave it.

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Darius568602

The latin joke I learned in high school was: Piscis nat. (the fish swims). It is only funny if you know Dutch and simply pronounce the Latin the old-fashioned way (it didn't work with the pronunciation we were taught, but it does with he pronunciation my father was taught.).

For those who do not speak Dutch: in Dutch it means 'Pee is wet'.

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mreaderclt

Finally, my Duolingo Dutch studies pay off. :)

Thanks for posting.

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xdBeastBoy

haha its truly hilarious i wont spoil it

September 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielVanD18

Thanks! I finally got it :) can I reveal it?

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

Word-by-word translation: "Always where under where." I'm sure you can understand what that means...

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ColinJParry

Here is an actual Roman joke from "the Laughter lover"

An idiot is sailing into a storm, fearing the ship will sink, his slaves begin to panic and weep. The idiot says to them: "Don't cry, if the ship sinks and I die, I free you in my will.

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElektroBill

I like this joke! :) Thank you

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARCANA-MVSA

"Are you threatening me?"

"Non est comminatio!"

It takes knowing the meaning of the word to get the pun. You can use William Whitaker's Words to find it.

Volgav vitsenanieff nivya kevach varatsach.

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mreaderclt

Thanks and lingots to all who responded. I hope I didn't oversell the joke. :)

See ISpeakAlien's answer for the literal translation.

September 4, 2019
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