Ut vos es in foramine nolite traducti

I’ve had the current site motto — “I couldn’t possibly fail to disagree with you less” — for many years now, and I am not likely to change it any time soon.

So I pass this Latin phrase on to you. Use it wisely.

Vade et caca in pilleum et ipse traheatur super aures tuos.

This is where it came from, and there’s a whole convoluted story behind it. (One reasonable starting place is here.) If nothing else, it’s an object lesson in the First Rule of Holes.

(Sent me by old friend and occasional commenter Mel.)



  1. McGehee »

    29 May 2011 · 9:08 am

    Hmm. In my current fiction effort I created a character who was a newly minted lawyer seeking to make his name by winning a big “cause” lawsuit, by buying a worthless house and trying to stop an eminent domain project affecting it. The two con men selling him the house know the lawsuit is doomed but are gratified to be engaged in a perfectly legal and consensual swindle at the expense of a lawyer.

    The temptation to rename the lawyer Rakofsky is overwhelming.

  2. fillyjonk »

    29 May 2011 · 5:17 pm

    Huh. I learned two things today.

    First, the second half of that phrase. (I only knew it thus far as, “go [expletive deleted] in your hat”) and second, the phrase in Latin.

    I will say I hope I never have occasion to use it in a professional setting, because that would probably ultimately be part of an uncommonly bridge-burning letter of resignation.

  3. CGHill »

    29 May 2011 · 6:21 pm

    It does indeed suggest that there won’t be anything left of the bridge.

    Smitty, weighing in from the front, has suggested that the word order could be improved: “Vade et in pilleum caca et ipse super aures tuos traheatur.” A bit more lyrical, perhaps, though Latin isn’t quite as dependent on word order as English is.

  4. Bayou Renaissance Man »

    29 May 2011 · 10:42 pm

    An acute case of dontopedalogy!…

    Courtesy of a link at Dustbury, we learn of a lawyer with more words than wisdom and a mouth that couldn’t stop running if he stripped its gears…

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