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Old 2010-08-31, 12:23   #1
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A nice letter in today's Times:

Dear Sir,
Peccaverunt
Yours faithfully,


I continue to hold that the old ones are the best.

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A nice letter in today's Times:

Dear Sir,
Peccaverunt
Yours faithfully,


I continue to hold that the old ones are the best.

Paul
My Latin is not what it should be.. Something about "sinning"???


The problem, of course, is to define "sin".
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http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/peccaverunt
It's the third-person plural perfect active indicative of peccō, which is "I sin, transgress, or offend". I think it's best translated as "they have sinned". I don't understand the context, though. Who has sinned, and what sin?
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http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/peccaverunt
It's the third-person plural perfect active indicative of peccō, which is "I sin, transgress, or offend". I think it's best translated as "they have sinned". I don't understand the context, though. Who has sinned, and what sin?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakista...ng_allegations
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In 1842, Charles Napier conquered Sindh, now a province of Pakistan, despite direct orders not to; and sent a message 'peccavi' (I have sinned / I have Sindh) to HQ.
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In 1842, Charles Napier conquered Sindh, now a province of Pakistan, despite direct orders not to; and sent a message 'peccavi' (I have sinned / I have Sindh) to HQ.
Give that man a cigar!

I said it was an old joke.


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In 1842, Charles Napier conquered Sindh, now a province of Pakistan, despite direct orders not to; and sent a message 'peccavi' (I have sinned / I have Sindh) to HQ.
I knew the story, but I missed the subtlety that he had been ordered not to take it. Now I get the double entendre -- I thought it was just wordplay.
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