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Latin Lingo

July 20th, 2010 by

Usually it seems that it’s pop-culture or some other popular aspect of the entertainment industry that influences people to get tattooed.  Especially now with the massive influx of interest in tattoos.  It certainly isn’t very often however, when we get to hear that a certain style of tattoo is influencing kids not to get tattooed themselves, but to study an ancient subject in school.

Sounds strange?  Yeah, I know it does.  Regardless of how strange it may sound though, this article from England is suggesting that the popularity of Latin in tattoos on celebrities such as David Beckham, Angelina Jolie, Colin Farrell and Danielle Lloyd is responsible for a resurgence amongst teenagers in wanting to study the ancient language at school.  Hey, I believe it.  After all, anything is possible.  Obviously such a trend hasn’t really caught on in North America, but that certainly doesn’t mean that it couldn’t happen over in England.

The article also goes on to point out the errors in the translations of some of the celebrity Latin tattoos, which might be a good enough reason right there to want to get familiar with the language.  I guess if you’re one of those people who has a mistranslated Latin tattoo, it might be better for you if more people don’t start learning to recognize just how mistranslated your tattoo actually is.  So watch out bad Latin tattoo people: your Crapie Diem tattoo just might be attracting a few more snickers than ever before.

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