I knew four years of Latin in high school would finally be worth something besides a near-perfect score on my SAT verbals and a unswerving ability to alienate cheerleaders.
This Harry Potter tattoo emblazons the name of the “expecto patronum” spell from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban across this young woman’s belly. Of course you recognize the Latin root word for “expecting,” i.e., “waiting for.” “Patronum,” meaning “protector,” is directly derived from the root word “pater,” which literally means “father.”
So, while the book translates the name of the spell as “I await a protector,” it’s tough seeing this tattoo plastered across a lady’s baby-making machinery and not translating it as, “I’m waiting for a daddy.”
And the tattoo conveniently provides a star-shaped target to show the daddy where exactly his contribution will be received. And, um… processed.
Now you know Latin. Isn’t learning fun?
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