Shawn L. Bird

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poem-caveat emptor November 17, 2018

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:45 pm
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Let no further discussion

mar your sense of certainty.

Let no logic stir irrationality,

challenge responsibility,

force mutability.

Enough!

Sine pace.

Fix this!

 

scribere nunc February 28, 2013

Filed under: Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 7:39 am
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I thought I’d have a ring or bracelet made with a Latin inscription that reminds me of my goal to “write a thousand words a day.”  I have played around with the Google translator and it offers me:

Scribere milia verborum quotidie

It looks rather impressive, doesn’t it?  Unfortuately, the ring I have in mind has room for 30 characters, and this is 32.   I could go with “write a thousand”

Scribere milia

or even “a thousand words”

Milia verborum

I could skip the amount, and just say “write daily” which is probably the most essential point

Scribere quotidie

Finally, I decided that I could boil it down to a single injunction:

Scribere nunc

Yep.  That’s the crucial component of the exercise.  Quit goofing around.  No more procrastinating.  Turn off Facebook.  Quick checking out eBay.

Write now.

 

exempli gratia July 9, 2012

Filed under: Teaching,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:47 am
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e.g.

So, I was pondering “e.g.” today.  I know, of course, that the translation of this Latin abbreviation is ‘for example’  but I was wondering if ‘e’ is for ‘exempli’ what is the ‘g’ for?

Guess.

Just guess.

Yeah.  It’s GRATIA.  Seriously.

So then I had to look at ‘gratia’ again.  Google translator tells me it means ‘of.’  My mind is beginning to boggle.  So here is what Google says the Latin word ‘gratia’ is all about.  It’s absolutely ubiquitous!  It’s a very all-purpose, wonderful word.    It’s a noun with 25  interpretations.  It’s a conjunction .  It’s 3 prepostions. ( “of” is a preposition.  Notice that it’s not on the list).

Exempli, on the other hand, is very specific.  One meaning.  Just ‘example.’

Now.

Go through the list below of interpretations of ‘gratia’ and put ‘example of’ in front of each one.  Suddenly those two little letters become rather profound.

Words are fascinating.

noun
GRACE GRATIA, LEPOS, LEPOR, VENUS, VENUSTAS, DECOR
FAVOR
PLEASINGNESS GRATIA, LEPOR, LEPOS, LIBITA
PLEASANTNESS AMOENITAS, JUCUNDITAS, IUCUNDITAS, GRATIA, DULCITUDO, DULCEDO
FAVOUR
CHARM DELICIAE, GRATIA, VENUSTAS, VENUS, IUCUNDITAS, JUCUNDITAS
LIKING GRATIA, APPROBATIO, FAVOR, LIBIDO, LUBIDO
GOODWILL GRATIA, ADFECTIO, AFFECTIO, AFFECTUS, AEQUANIMITAS, ADFECTUS
ESTEEM HONOR, HONOS, CARITAS, DIGNATIO, DIGNITAS, GRATIA
GRATITUDE GRATIA, GRATUS ANIMUS, GRATITUDO, PIETAS
LOVE AMOR, COMPLEXUS, ARDOR, CONPLEXUS, FLAMMA, GRATIA
APPROVAL APPROBATIO, COMPROBATIO, CONPROBATIO, PROBATIO, CONCORDIA, GRATIA
SUPPORT SUBSIDIUM, CONATUM, AUXILIUM, SUPPETIAE, SUBPETIAE, GRATIA
POPULARITY STUDIUM POPULI, FAVOR POPULI, GRATIA
THANK GRATIA
SERVICE OPERA, BENEFICIUM, SERVITIUM, ADMINISTRATIO, MINISTERIUM, GRATIA
THANKS GRATES, GRATIA
REGARD RESPECTUS, CURA, CARITAS, HONOR, HONOS, GRATIA
ACKNOWLEDGMENT AGNITIO, GRATIA, CONFESSIO
EARNING GRATITUDE GRATIA
FASCINATION FASCINATIO, LEPOR, LEPOS, GRATIA, MEDICATUS
PARTIALITY FAVOR, GRATIA, CUPIDITAS, INIQUITAS, STUDIUM
AFFECTION AFFECTUS, CONATUM, AFFECTIO, ADFECTIO, GRATIA, BENEVOLENTIA
FRIENDSHIP AMICITIA, AMICITIES, SODALITAS, NECESSITAS, NECESSITUDO, GRATIA
AUTHORITY AUCTORITAS, POTESTAS, POTENTIA, LICENTIA, IUS, GRATIA
preposition
TO IN, USQUE AD, USQUE, GRATIA, INDU, ERGA
IN FAVOR OF GRATIA, PRO, PROD
FOR THE SAKE OF OB, CAUSA, GRATIA, ERGO, PER
conjunction
IN ORDER TO GRATIA
 

Latin inspiration May 8, 2012

Filed under: Pondering,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:02 am
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I don’t know why I am so surprised when I discover yet another way in which knowing other languages adds so many layers to the words we use every day.  Beyond that, root words I’ve known forever, suddenly spring into profound meaning with a flash.  Like today.

Consider the Latin root spir.  It means ‘to breathe.’  You know, ‘respiration’ and all that.

Combine it with the prefix in- meaning ‘in’ or ‘on.’

This means inspire translates as ‘in breath’ or ‘on breath’

Oh my.

Breath is an essential aspect of life.  Without breathing, there is no life.

Our creativity is essential to our life.  We are inspired as we are in our breath.

When we are inspired, the doing becomes as natural as breathing.

Oh.

My.

 

latin joint April 24, 2012

Filed under: Grace Awakening,Pondering,Teaching — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:27 am
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You know, Latin fascinates me. I remember a verse in an autograph book I once had, “Latin is a dead language it’s plain enough to see. It killed off all the Romans, and now it’s killing me.” I never had the opportunity to study Latin, but I have studied French, Spanish and Italian at various degrees of seriousness, and so I make a lot of connections between Latin root words in those Roman languages, and of course in English as well.

Take the word “iugo” for example. It doesn’t have just a couple meanings, as would be likely if it was an English word.  Iugo covers a concept rather thoroughly. Consider that it means,
JOIN
JOINT
JOIN TOGETHER
BIND TOGETHER
LINK
BAND
CONNECT
INTERLACE
INOSCULATE
INTERLOCK
MATE
YOKE
COMMINGLE
WED
UNITE
PAIR
COMPOUND
MARRY
CLASP
AGGREGATE
HARNESS
CONFLATE
BRIDGE
FUN
COUPLE
PAN
COMPACT
AGGLUTINATE
LARK
RALLY
COMPLECT
AMALGAMATE
CONJOIN
LEASH
kind of profound isn’t it? Someday maybe I’ll really study Latin, but in the meantime, I’ll enjoy the Google translator and make the best of it.

Oh, if you’re trying figure how this connects to Grace Awakening, Iugo is the surname of Concordia in the books.  Concordia is the Roman goddess of marital harmony.  (I’ve told you before all the names in your books are chosen for a reason…)

 

creo, ergo sum January 16, 2012

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 5:36 pm
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Creo, ergo sum.

I create, therefore I am.

Or should that be

I am, therefore I create?

Ego sum, ergo creo

 

 
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