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Latin help needed

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Mangleworzle, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    I have a friend who is seriously into skiing, I want to make something inscribed with the skiing equivalent of "cogito ergo sum" and have found via Google "Narto ergo sum".

    Now as I'm not entirely sure there would actually be a Latin word for ski, is this correct? or does it mean "I'm a nana" or something equally unhelpful?
  2. Dangerous Bauble

    Dangerous Bauble Occasional commenter

  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    "cogito ergo sum" means 'I think therefore I am'.

    I don't think ski-ing waspractised back then, so I doubt if you can get an equivalent, as the first phrase would have to be 1st person singular of the verb (present tense) 'to be' - I ski.
  4. doomzebra

    doomzebra Occasional commenter

  5. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

  6. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Good find DZ - whodathunkit!
  7. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    As the infinitive form appears to be 'natare' (ending in -are' like amare- to love) which declines -o for 1st person singular, yes it would appear so! (Just not for the reason on the website on which I looked which gives one the verb.)
  8. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    [​IMG] Thanks Lara
  9. Dangerous Bauble

    Dangerous Bauble Occasional commenter

    What's the Latin for "invisible" ?
  10. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    You mean your link to "prolabemur" - I didn't get it?

    Oh. ok clicked on the meaning of the word now - thanks for that, narto seems to be specifically ski though. [​IMG]
  11. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    natare = to swim!!!

    nato = I swim


    BA (Hons) Latin I Manchester 1980
  12. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    The two examples I have found aren't attributed to an author. They could be late Latin. I doubt they derive from the Classical period.

    They are also the noun. I can't find a verb.
  13. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    That was my problem gdw!

    The link to skiing was only linked to Northern countries- Norse and the one I did find , which presumably was the one mangelwurzle found gave 'natare'. I checked to see which infinitive ending it had to know how to conjugate it, but admit I only did Latin years ago as part of my languages studies.

    gdw- if 'natare' means 'to swim', which would make sense if you consider nager (French) and nadar (Spanish), I bow to your superior knowledge.
  14. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    You could use the verb 'perlabor', to glide (along).
  15. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Natation Centre. Swim Centre.

    But you can do what you like with Dog Latin.

    So, although I can't evidence /nartare/ as the verb for /to ski/, there does seem a reference to skis (narta sing. nartae pl.) in some text of unspecified author/period.

    Just swear blind you're right. Nobody will know.
  16. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    It works for most things [​IMG]
  17. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    I swim on snow. Translation, please. It's rather poetic, I think.

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