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.

Donnerstag, 30. Juli 2015

Motörhead - Victoria aut morte

Just clicked here and there on youtube. There I found a recent Motörhead-concert. On their backdrop they had the latin words victoria aut morte.

 victoria is nominative or ablative case, morte is just ablative case. Therefore it means by victory or death.  The yell "victory or death" would be victoria aut mors or victoriam aut mortem.

Keine Kommentare: