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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).

Wilfried