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Italy’s firefighters may “tame the flames” but they could have trouble extinguishing a Latin expert’s objections Tuesday to their new motto.

The motto, unveiled with great fanfare in a nationally televised ceremony last month, contains a grammatical error, the punctilious Giuliano Pisani told AFP.

The Latin motto reading “Flammas domamus donamus cordem” — literally, “We tame the flames, give the heart” — contains the masculine ending on the Latin word for heart — “cordem” — which is in fact neuter, he said…

Yes, yes, of course. This be the link.

Margaret Soltan, January 26, 2010 6:23PM
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One Response to “ROMANES EUNT DOMUS”

  1. Bill Gleason Says:

    Flunko, flunkere, faculty fixum…

    As my old high school Latin teacher, Fr. Ermin, used to say.

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