Saturday, January 06, 2007

Bestselling Latin

Someone suggested that Jane and I should have Plotting for Beginners translated into Latin to boost the sales. (As if the sales needed boosting!) Still, you can never sell too many books, and the suggestion is worth considering, in the light of the latest Christmas hit: Amo, Amas, Amat... and All That: How to Become a Latin Lover.

So as a first step, I asked my friend to translate the title, Plotting for Beginners, and he gave me Conspiratio Inceptibus.

Then I gave him a line from the text on which to cut his teeth. The line was "Carol Vorderman had better watch her p's and q's."

And he came up with "Attendat literis Carola Fronto."

I like it. I don't know what the heroine of Conspiratio Inceptibus would make of it, though. She seems to have more mundane matters on her mind when she's writing her blog on

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