Y'all gnome sane?

Eric Nielsen ericbarnak at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 24 17:52:39 UTC 2013

On Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 12:58 PM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:

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> hwg: <winner of the 1954 high-school winner of the Latin Contest of the
> Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus> writes:
> <<Why wouldn't it be ... Latin _lapsus digitalis_ = English "finger-slip">>
> WB: Well, this two-time recipient of honorable & superlative merit
> certificates from Auxilium Latinum (National Classroom Latin Magazine) in
> 1965 & 1966 (contests held in the archdiocese of Boston, no less; believe
> my HS team still has a trophy in Kingston) says:
> lapsus linguae 'slip of the tongue'; therefore, lapsus digiti 'slip of the
> finger'.  Nyah-nyah. Semper ubi sub ubi.
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Well as the winner of the Mary L. and James M. DeCourcy Book Award for
excellence in Classical Studies deep within academic Siberia (U. of Idaho,
Moscow, Id.), I say let's not slip on the (fox) gloves.


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