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Q: Translate short phrase from english to latin ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Translate short phrase from english to latin
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: erik_the_bard-ga
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Posted: 15 Jun 2006 21:24 PDT
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Question ID: 738601
"I can't imagine how this could possibly go wrong"


"I can't conceive how this could possibly go awry"
Subject: Re: Translate short phrase from english to latin
Answered By: alanna-ga on 22 Jun 2006 11:25 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi erik_the_bard-ga -

You came up with an interesting quote.  It shows a lot of confidence! 
The most accurate translation I can give you is this:

    "Animo concipere non possum quo palto hoc pervease exeat."

When rendering your phrase, I followed Latin usage,  so  the literal
translation is this:

    [I can't conceive under what conditions this could possibly end badly.]

I did consult with a Latin scholar to make sure that the translation
is idiomatic and correct, and I used Cassell's Dictionary.

   Cassell's  Latin-English and English-Latin Dictionary revised by
J.R.V. Marchant, M.A. and Joseph F. Charles, B.A., Funk and Wagnell's
(New York)  (latest edition)

Here are some websites that may be of interest to you:

Latin proverbs and locutions

Latin phrases used in English

Enigman's favorite Latin sayings

All the best,

erik_the_bard-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Very helpful. Well explained.

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