Oculus Rift

 

Recently, a close friend of mine got the Oculus Rift as a gift for his birthday. The Oculus Rift is sold and created by Facebook. Now, like my friend, I’m a major tech geek, so I was in awe and jealous of him. The Oculus Rift is currently one of the best virtual reality headsets available in the market. It’s on the expensive side but definitely worth it. However, what most people don’t know is that a Latin connection can be made to the Oculus Rift. Oculus, in Latin, means “eye”. If you didn’t know, virtual reality is based off of three things; your vision, perception, and eyesight. It immerses you into a realistic place where you could be but are not. Hence, it’s called virtual reality. Virtual reality has a lot of benefits from a better gaming experience to holding meetings without being with the actual people. This could save time and money! Virtual reality is the future, and leading companies, like Facebook, have brilliantly incorporated the past (Latin) into it.

Diss Tracks in Ancient Rome

YouTube is known for its variety of content: music videos, tutorials, Do-It-Yourself videos (DIYs), and diss tracks. Diss tracks are “music videos” which either poke fun at the person creating it or someone else. All diss tracks have cringeworthy lyrics and a repetitive beat. Unfortunately, the most popular diss tracks on YouTube are the ones made by Logan Paul and Jake Paul. In fact, both of them were extremely popular last year for dissing each other (I recommend not clicking the link). Today, if you want to ruin someone’s reputation, the best thing to do would be to create a diss track. It’s a modern, memorable, and catchy way.

In Ancient Rome, the Romans didn’t have YouTube, so what did they do to publicly defame people ? Well, just like how the Paul brothers are famous for their diss tracks, Catullus was famous for his hate-filled poems in Ancient Rome. In fact, in one of his other poems, Catullus threatens Asinius Marrucinus and says that he will write “300 hendecasyllabic verses…[if Marrucinus does not] send back the napkin” (Poem 12). This threat is merely the Ancient Roman way of saying ‘I’m going to publicly embarrass you by creating something’.

So, while the Romans lived in the Ancient World, and we live in a more modern one, human instincts have not changed. If you want to defame someone, it’s quite probably that you would create something, whether it’s a rumor, poem, or diss track. Human instinct has not changed much, and we still do the same things, but in a more complicated way (making a poem is easier than making a music video).

The Usage Of Latin Words Is Increasing For Naming New Start-Up Companies

Do you want to buy a precious coin for you or a loved one? Do you want to sell your old baseball cards? Are you looking to buy stamps to complete your, or someone else’s, card collection? Well, one online marketplace that you can use to search for these things is Mercari. Mercari is he largest online marketplace to buy and sell goods in Japan, according to LinkedIn. It was created by Ryo Ishizuka, Shintaro Yamada, and Tommy Tomishima. You can read more about Mercari here. Mercari is used to buy and sell almost anything in a quick and easy manner. The word mercari is a Latin word, which means “I bought”. Other words that are derived from mercari are, but not limited to: merchant, Mercury, merchandise, merchandising, and etc. Coding apps and creating new things in the digital world are becoming more and more popular; the usage of Latin words is increasing for naming these new startups.

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Nestle Vitality


Yesterday, at school, I was thinking about this blog. “I need to post something this week to get back onto my schedule of posting” was one of my thoughts. Then, suddenly, my new topic was right in front of me. Literally. You see, I was drinking enhanced water from Nestlé. And what is that brand of enhanced water called? It’s called “Nestlé Vitality Enhanced Waters from the Vitality Express Dispenser”, according to the website of Nestlé. The product is illustrated as a way to “[v]italize your beverage business” (Nestlé). Vitalize and vitality have the same root from a Latin word: vita.  Vita is Latin for “life”. Words that are derived from vita are, but not limited to: vitality, vitalize, vital, vivacious, and etc. Are you mind-blown, because wow, Latin is truly everywhere.

Click here to read another post about how the Latin word, vita, ties in with gaming.

Here is another post that’s about health and vita.

 

Photo/Logo Credits: Nestlé Professional

We Must Do Better

Warning: this article contains SENSITIVE CONTENT

Recently, a six-year old* was found dead in Pakistan. The young girl, Zainab, went missing on her way to her Quran class and was found dead , in a dumpster, a few days later. When her body was found, it was quite clear that young Zainab had been raped. Pakistanis, and other people, were filled with outrage. According to the BBC, Police in Kasur, her hometown, stated that there have been over TWELVE similar cases in the past two years. Protests have erupted in Pakistan, and many people around the world have sent their condolences to Zainab’s family. I was disgusted when I first heard about this, and I cried for her because she was an innocent kid who had done nothing wrong, yet she was killed in a brutal way. You can read more about the heartbreaking story here and here.

Here are a few more Tweets related to Zainab’s story and people’s thoughts on it:

This horrible incident led me wondering whether incidents like this occurred in Ancient Rome. While my heart tried its best to reassure myself that it didn’t, I took an educational guess that they most likely did. According to Vice, a popular magazine, there was no legal term for rape nor was it against the law. After all, the myths of the gods had many tales of them sexually assaulting mortals. However, what’s even more horrifying is that if a married women was raped, she could be tried for adultery. Besides that, according to a Classics professor at New York University, Michael Peachin, “If one did not want a baby, one could, without any legal consequence, throw it away––literally, on the garbage dump”.

Reading about how sexual violence was treated in Ancient Rome horrified me almost as much as Zainab’s story did. Ignoring victims and culprits is not alright. Making headlines for a few weeks and then disappearing into the back curtain is NOT okay (think of Brock Turner’s story). We, as a human race, need to do better; we must do better.

*different news articles state different ages for Zainab; she was between the ages of 6 and 8.

This Is How Latin Influenced Gaming

The Sony PlayStation Vita is a hand-held gaming device. According to Amazon, the PS Vita offers a “more immersive gaming experience”, where the player can play from anywhere, ranging from their couch to a restaurant. What’s this got to do with Latin? Well, the word vita is a Latin word which means life, career, and/or livelihood. Basically, you, or anyone else, can play on the PS Vita anywhere, at any moment of your daily life. And, did you know that video gaming can actually be like a career, if you get enough followers willing donate money to you? If you made your video gaming hobby into a career, I’d have to call that your source of income for your livelihood.

 

What Do Instagram, Bollywood, And Latin Have In Common?

The other day, I was bored, so I went onto Instagram and searched up Bollywood actors. Among those actors, I searched up Anushka Sharma. I was dumbfounded when I read her Instagram “bio”. In the beginning part of it, she had a Latin phrase. Below is a screenshot of it.

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It reads “illegitimi non carborundum”. I knew I had to find out more about the phrase, so I immediately Googled it. It turns out that Anushka Sharma is either a huge fan of The Handmaid’s Tale, a popular T.V. show on Hulu, or she’s just really into old school Latin jokes. If you haven’t read my previous article on The Handmaid’s Tale, I suggest you take a few seconds to do so now by clicking on the link attached to “The Handmaid’s Tale”. According to Vanity Fair, like the phrase “nolite te bastardes carborundorum”, the phrase “illegitimi non carborundum” is another fake Latin phrase. It has more or less the same meaning as “nolite te bastardes carborundorum”, which is “don’t let the bastards grind you down.

If that wasn’t enough, I also stumbled onto Anushka Sharma’s husband’s Instagram account (keep in mind that I was pretty bored at this point). OH BOY. Her husband, Virat Kohli, a well-known Indian cricketer had the phrase “Carpe diem” as his Instagram bio. Below is a screenshot of it.

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Woah. Now, the first thing that irked me was that Carpe diem was written as one word. And, if that wasn’t enough, he had a link right below it to promote an online clothing company. And, to put the cherry on top of all of that, Kohli forgot to complete the phrase! Yes, you heard that right, “Carpe diem” is NOT the whole phrase. According to Brittanica, “Carpe diem” is just the beginning of a phrase from Horace’s Odes, and the whole phrase can be translated as “pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the next one.”

Now, I’ve always been told that “Carpe diem” means “seize the moment”, but the whole thing about not trusting the future? I’ve never seen the phrase be translated and interpreted like that. Now, the question is, does Virat Kohli know the full phrase, or is he using a commonly-used phrase for his Instagram bio? And, does Anushka Sharma know that the phrase “illegitimi non carborundum” is a fake, joke phrase for Latin students? If they don’t, it’s alright. After all, Smart People Know Latin.

UPenn

One example of a prestigious Ivy League school is UPenn. The University of Pennsylvania is a private university that is often confused with the Pennsylvania State University, which is also known as Penn State. UPenn has a tiny acceptance rate and its school of business, Wharton, is known for being the best in the country. It’s one of dreams to get in/go there (along with UChicago and NYU). One of my friends has applied early decision for a dual medicine program, and he finds out in two days, so I’m nervous for him! UPenn’s motto is in Latin, like most prestigious schools. It reads “leges sine moribus vanae”, which means “laws without morals are useless”(UPenn Archives). UPenn’s motto has always been in Latin, but its exact words have changed over time. In 1956, a group of faculty members recognized that the authentic motto came from Horace’s Odes, and out of respect, it would not be changed anymore. The motto has not been changed since.

Fidelity Investments

Fidelity Investments is a major corporation that helps with financial planning and gives financial-based advice. The company is worldwide and has a lot of credibility. According to NerdWallet, on a general basis, Fidelity Investments is better than Vanguard¹. In Latin, the word fidelis means both loyal and dependable. Do you think that it’s a coincidence that Fidelity Investments, a company which depends on many clients having brokerage accounts, has a Latin root like that?

¹Vanguard is a similar corporation that is a sizable competitor of Fidelity Investments.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings

Today, Atlas Air Wolrdwide Holdings’ stock went down an estimated 1% (Google). What is Atlas Air? Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is a cargo airlines that does a variety of things; it leases aircrafts (Boeing 747 freighters), provides expertise to companies that don’t have the people nor experience to fly, and has a training center for the US Air Force! There is one associated airline with Atlas Air: Titan Aviation. Both, Atlas Air and Titan Aviation, are owned by Atlas Air Worldwide. The company went bankrupt at one point, but now the it’s doing alright. Atlas Air and Titan Holding’s logos are a man carrying the world on his shoulders. Does that remind you of any myth? In Greek/Roman mythology¹, the titan Atlas had the burden of holding the weight of the world on his shoulders. The only way he could pass his burden onto someone else is if they took the burden willingly. The airlines was named after this mythological character.

¹ Greek and Roman mythology are largely the same; they use different names but the stories are quite similar.