What's all this fuss about?

Latin lyrics in Heavy Metal music are a common phenomenon. The darker the music, the more evil the band wanna be. What's better than using an old, mysterious, hardly understandable, cryptic, medieval and therefore almost satanic language? Unfortunately bands seldom know how to use this language properly. So, instead of evoking the demons of the realm of evil, they just evoke a hop-frog. Clatu verata nicto! - The most of you know what happened after this wrongly spoken spell.

Normally, two questions are the result of the fact that you've just read a latin phrase:
- What does it mean? (almost everybody)
- Is it correct? (just a few latin aficionados)

This page doesn't want to make fun of mistakes in latin lyrics. I wanna answer the first question to everybody who is interested. The second question is just for myself or for the two or three weird guys out there or for bands which are thinking about using a latin phrase as well. You can contact me if you want.

Montag, 7. April 2008

Drautran – Deiciamus in Nihilum

Drautran – Deiciamus in Nihilum – Unter dem Banner der Nordwinde (2000)

Is it possible…? Another weirdo…! I’m not the only one. To be serious: a guy asked me about the phrase „deiciamus in nihilum“, which was translated into „let us plunge into the nothing“ by the band itself. Now the guy was wondering if the latin phrase means that someone plunges something else or himself into nothing.

The phrase as it is written above means: to plunge something else. So the direct object is missing in the sentence above. To express that you gonna plunge yourself you have to write "nos deiciamus in nihilum" or "deiciamur in nihilum".

Now, let us plunge sophistry into the nothing!

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