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Poetry in Latinglish.

Remember back in Latin class when you had to recite the four principal parts of a Latin verb? Now, for the regular verbs, the pattern was easy enough to grasp and remember: am[intersection] am~re, amav [club], am~tum. All the regular verbs had a stem, and the suffixes you appended to them were predictable: [intersection], -are, -av [club], -~tum. However, do you also recall that for some irregular verbs the forms were highly irregular and unpredictable? You found yourself laboriously memorizing such oddities as sum, esse, fu [club], futurum and fer [intersection], ferre, tul [club], latum.

Well, bearing that in mind, one can create Latinglish poetry. The rules are simple. Each line contains four and only words which must end in -[intersection], -ere, -[club], and -um. When it is read aloud, according to the rules of Latin pronunciation, it must sound like English being Latinized, and actually convey meaning in a form of terse, telegraphic speech. The stems of first two words used may be identical or different.

As a first example, here is a familiar poem in Latinglish. On the left it is written as Latin would be. On the right side it is transcribed into a more readable English orthography. Some notes about the liberties I had to take with Latin pronunciation to make American English sounds:
 prevocalic v has a w sound, as in "way" prevocalic I
has a y sound as in "yes" prevocalic ci has a sh sound as in
"shop" a followed by a doubled consonant has the short u sound
as in "tub." o followed by a doubled consonant has the aw
sound as in "law" ai is used for the long I sound as in
"high" ae is used for the short a sound as in "hat"
 Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Tuincl [intersection] tuinclere tain [club] starrum, Vanndr
[intersection] vanndere uatiu. [club] arrum, App [intersection]
abbavvere verld [club] sohaium, Laic [intersection] daimindere ind
[club] scaium.
Twinkle-o, twinkler-ay, tiny, star-um. Wonder-o, wonder-ay, what-you-ee
are-um? Up-o, above-eray world-ee so-high-um. Like-o, diamond-eray in
de' sky-um.
Here's another, which I am sure you will recognize:
Jingl [intersection], bellere, olld [club], veium, Fann [intersection],
raidere, invamahors [club], sleium.
Jingle-o, bell-eray, all de' way-um.
 Fun-o, ride-eray, in-one-horse-ee, sleigh-um.
Daeci [intersection], daeciere, thru [club], snovum, Invann
[intersection], horsere, open [club], sleium Over [intersection],
hilsere, v [club], govum Laef [intersection], laefere, olld [club],
veium. Bell [intersection], bellere, babteil [club], ringum Meic
[intersection], meicere, spirit [club], braitum Fann [intersection],
fannere, istu [club], singum Slei [intersection], slere, songi,
Dash-o, dash-eray, through-ee, snow-um. In-one-o, horse-eray, open-ee,
sleigh-um. Over-o, hills-eray, we, go-um.
 Laugh-o, laugh-eray, all de' way-um. Bell-o, bell-eray,
bobtail-ee, ring-um. Make-o, make-eray, spirit-ee, bright-um.
 Fun-o, fun-eray, is to-ee sing-um. Sleigh-o, sleigh-ray, song-ee,


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Date:Feb 1, 2013
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