Saturday, August 20, 2005

Your ultra-nerd blog of the day is Shelf Space, which basically consists of a few guys pointing out awful grammatical mistakes in everyday life.

I discovered this by Googling the phrase "vox clamans in terris and finding that every single reference indexed by Google is from the 1984 advice of John Roberts, Bush's Supreme Court nominee, against a presidential endorsement of Michael Jackson. The phrase does not appear anywhere else on the Internet, which as far as I'm concerned means Roberts invented it.

So what kind of guy not only quotes obscure Latin phrases from the Vulgate, but knows Latin well enough to actually get the quote wrong? John Roberts, that's who.

Dorkafuss! It's vox clamans in deserto, "a voice crying in the wilderness," as this dude is pretty much alone in pointing out.

Vox clamans in terris I'm pretty sure means "a voice crying on earth," which frankly doesn't make a lick of sense.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps he meant "from planet Earth", as in implying that the request was from elsewhere, i.e. nonsensical.

Thanks for looking this up!

11:52 PM  

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