Tuesday, October 09, 2007

I'm so childish

I have to suppress a snigger sometimes when I sing in Latin.

Mostly it's the word fac.

The "a" in fac is pronounced pretty much like the "a" in "father" (not quite, but close). The "f" is as in English, and the "c" like in "cat". It means something like "do it!"

Say it to yourself. Go on.


It's especially amusing when you have to sing it loud.

I remember Fraser conducting Ladies' Choir the other year (we were doing Pergolesi's Stabat Mater if I remember correctly), and telling us something like, "You just have to go fac, fac, one after the other. See who can make their fac the loudest." He then followed it with, "Imagine you're singing fuck. But don't sing that."

While I'm here, and in Latin mode, I thought I'd share this page with you. It made me laugh. And add a Latin phrase to my blog description.


  1. I have a thing about latin. It takes me back to my childhood. I came up with a latin motto for the rugby team that I play for. You can see it www.fortresslilliput.blogspot.com.

  2. OMG that is HILARIOUS!!! I took a year of Latin in high school - mostly because I love words and most languages have some basis in Latin. If I really listen/pay attention, I can usually figure out what is being said. But a little bit of Latin can be a dangerous thing!!!

    Re: Your Comment - I actually do know the difference. My stepson has schizoid affective disorder. And I don't know if there's really two of me, or if one of the voices in my head is actually doing some of my writing... (joke)