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Thread #59418   Message #2154680
Posted By: Rapparee
21-Sep-07 - 09:39 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
"First you plunder, then you burn."

Amos, educated gentlefolk assume that other educated gentlefolk can read languages other than English and would not insult the gentle reader by offering a translation. Besides, your translation might well be better than mine.

Besides, they put it in Latin so they'd sound educated. It was a tossup between this one and "Usquequaque madidus, nunquam siccus." They meant it to mean "Always drinking, never thirsty" but it translates better as "Always wet, never dry." Since some of the Legionaires (but none of the Legionettes) have embarassing bladder troubles (stemming from certain unsavory habits in their youth), well, some wag suggested "Pendeo" but the Legion as a whole rejected the motto "Depends".

This all happened Before My Time, but as Official Historian and Literary Lackey I have access to the minutes. There is some interesting stuff in there, and even more interesting photos of certain political figures.