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Q: English to Latin ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   5 Comments )
Subject: English to Latin
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: nb1620-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 03 Jul 2006 05:43 PDT
Expires: 02 Aug 2006 05:43 PDT
Question ID: 742949
I want a tattoo to read as follows:

"Whom I Love and Cherish"

How would I say "Whom I Love and Cherish" in Latin?

Thank You!!
Subject: Re: English to Latin
Answered By: alanna-ga on 06 Jul 2006 16:06 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi again nb1620-ga -

Here is the translation of "Whom I Love and Cherish"

               Quam amo caramque habeo

I'm sure your Jenn will love the tattoo as well as the sentiment. 

I checked the translation with a Latin expert and also 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)

All the best,

nb1620-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: English to Latin
From: venomancer-ga on 04 Jul 2006 05:28 PDT
i ve found the words for u
quicum= whom
Subject: Re: English to Latin
From: edejl-ga on 04 Jul 2006 07:57 PDT
But they might not be in the correct tense etc for the phrase.
Subject: Re: English to Latin
From: tr1234-ga on 04 Jul 2006 14:05 PDT
I'm sure alanna-ga (official reseacher and Latin guru) will be along
soon with an official, correct, and idiomatic answer, but I gotta
comment on the previous comments to point out that not only (as edejl
points out) do you need to figure out the right case, tense, mood,
etc. for the words, but I'm also nigh-certain that some of
venomancer's word finds aren't right.

In particular, I don't see how you can stretch things to think that
the Latin word "odium" means "to cherish" when (as could be inferred
from the defition of, say, the English word "odious" which is derived
from the Latin "odium") its generally translated something like
"hatred."  Almost the exact opposite meaning as "cherish," actually...
Subject: Re: English to Latin
From: amber00-ga on 05 Jul 2006 15:18 PDT
Venomancer doesn't have a clue.

My attempt is:
'Jenn, quam amo et diligo.'

(I am assumig that Jenn is a woman. The endings are different for a man.)

Here's my reasoning:

Jenn: the lady's name.
Quam: the relative pronoun in the feminine accusative.
Amo: I love 
et: and
Diligo: I value, esteem highly,  love.
Amo is for a warm love; diligo has the sense of loving in a caring and
respectful way.

If you prefer, then:
'Jenn, quam amo et alo'

is also an option. Alo = rear, nourish, support and figuratively to cherish.
Subject: Re: English to Latin
From: myoarin-ga on 07 Jul 2006 07:22 PDT
I still contend that -que should be only be used when two words of the
same part of speech and in the same case are joined adjacently:  as
this site says:

"A conjunction joins two small thoughts into one big floppy one. "And"
can be expressed in Latin by et, but atque, ac and the suffix -que
should be used when possible. et is used to connect equally important
thoughts, and can mean "also" or "too", and begin a sentence as well.
Atque is used to introduce a more important thought, ac a less
important. In a series of nouns, one can also add -que to the second
one, as in puellae taurique - girls and bulls. SPQR meant Senatus
PopulusQue Romanus - the senate and people of Rome."

Or scroll down on this link to 323.3, and click on the right arrow to 324:

This is from Allen & Greenough's New Latin Grammer.

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