January 23, 2006
Gaul is for the Birds
Aidan had to translate a sentence in Latin today. The sentence was this:
He melted down into a little puddle of frustration because, he insisted, it made no sense!
I calmed him down, and asked him to tell me why it made no sense. He finally managed to explain that it made no sense to say that birds sail. You know, galli, gulls?
"Galli navigant" means "the Gauls sail."
I'm afraid that all this time he's been thinking that Caesar conquered a bunch of seagulls.
Poor kid. Just wait until we get to the Angles.
Posted by lynx at January 23, 2006 11:08 PM
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Galli can also mean the "roosters" or "cocks" in addition to the "Gauls." So Caesar actually conquered a bunch of chickens, not gulls.
Posted by: S. A. at January 24, 2006 1:40 PM