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Thread #55148 Message #859139
Posted By: Wilfried Schaum
05-Jan-03 - 09:48 AM
Thread Name: BS: Latin Query
Subject: RE: BS: Latin Query
The original question: Pretentious?
As Larry points out, his friend shows off his learning in using Latin quotations. There is a fine classical verb for it, viz. ostentare, and such a person is an ostentator, in English: ostentatious.
My solution: Ostentator? Num ego?
The Alfred E. Newman question: Quid? Num me sollicitum? or Num me dolorem capere? The auxiliary esse is mostly left out in classical use. Here the a.c.i. is chosen, dependent on an omitted putes (potential conjunctive).