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From O, (my atheist friend), on Facebook:
Johannes factotum gluing dodo feathers on a rocking horse, thinking he created Pegasus.
Beati , qui nesciunt, quoniam ipsorum est regnum caelorum.
I have never studied Latin, although I can make a fair guess at what she is trying to
tell me. What I arrive at is based on one hour of research based on my limited
understanding of French and Spanish, both which are Latin based languages. Oh, and
some research time on line.
Johannes – John, like John Doe, anonymous Mr. Anybody.
Factotum – general laborer, not a very important person.
Thus, near equivalent to John Q. Laborer, the common man who does not know much more
than how to make a basic living. John Doe.
Beati – Saints, wealthy, rich. Adjective, or verb.
Qui – Who, what, that, which. Pronoun.
Nesciunt – ignorant, not understand. Verb from nescio. Nesciunt is the 3rd person
plural active indicative of nescio. Thus Qui nesciunt is approximately “Those who are
ignorant” or “those who are continually ignorant”.
So far, I read:
Rich! Those who are continually ignorant….
Saints, who are continually ignorant….
Quoniam – since. Conjunction.
They are ignorant since (because)….
Ipsorum – from ipse, himself. Genitive masc plural pronoun. Thus: they, themselves.
Rich! Those who are continually ignorant since they….
Est – is, are.
Regnum – royal, power, king, kingdom, power, control, kingship, royalty. Noun, Adj.
Caelorum – genitive plural of caelum, which is the sky, heaven, the heavens. Caelum
from cavus – hollow, like cave. My note: a possible derivative would be ass-hole).
Thus my interpretation without knowing Latin:
John Factory Worker….
Saints who are continually ignorant because they [think they] are heaven’s royalty.
Or maybe closer by derivation:
John Factory Worker….
Saints who are continually ignorant because they are royal asses.
My poem from 1993 in response:
The common man knows
How to plant his rows
With straight furrows
Or to not step on
Someone else’s toes;
How to clean his nose
somebody else’s finger.
Of course, my atheist friend responds by denouncing my interpretation as ignorant
and correcting it to something quite innocuous. Nevertheless, I think I got pretty far
along for one hour of studying Latin!
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