You can talk like Jerry Brown

Oct. 18, 2012

By John Seiler

Jerry Brown has been elected governor twice, attorney general twice, mayor of Oakland twice and secretary of state once. A big factor is his use of Latin phrases. As you may have noticed, he likes to show off the classical education the Jesuits gave him in the 1950s. He wants to make sure you know that he didn’t attend some dumbed-down public school like you attended. (And I certainly did.)

But now, you too can talk like Jerry Brown. You can be haughty and drop phrases that will have people thinking, “What a genius!” Or, perhaps, “What an arrogant fool.”

No matter. Soon you will be prospering as never before, on your way to fame, fortune and high political office.

And it’s free.

Just click on Wikipedia’s handy list of Latin phrases.

For example, instead of saying, “2012 was a hideous year for me.” You can say, “2012 was my annus horribilis.

Instead of “Let’s party!” say, Carpe noctem!

For “Don’t bug me with trivia,” say, De minimis non curat praetor (little things don’t concern the leader).

For “He’s nuts!,” use, Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit (There has been no great wisdom without an element of madness.)

And so on. Have fun and annoy people. Then become governor.



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  1. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 18 October, 2012, 13:54

    How do you say “geriatric clown” in latin?

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  2. Bubba
    Bubba 18 October, 2012, 14:43

    If this state really wanted to do something smart, they would recall Gov. Moonbeam and send him off to Never, Never Land (like somewhere in the middle of the Death Valley) where he can practice all his fancy Latin phrases with the scorpions etc. while claiming AB 32 will reduce “Green House Gasses”. Hey we could also send the folks from CARB there too.

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 18 October, 2012, 15:06

    Nasty tone…..whew!

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  4. Tax Target
    Tax Target 18 October, 2012, 15:28

    Dyspeptic – here you go: “geriatric maccus”

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  5. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 18 October, 2012, 16:10

    Tax xon’t get influenced by bad taste posters..

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  6. Bob
    Bob 18 October, 2012, 16:12

    Jerry Brown has been elected governor twice, attorney general twice, mayor of Oakland twice and secretary of state once.

    You could have just said he’s been a parasite all hs adult life. A parasite who thinks he can tell the rest of us how to live.

    We need a new term for politician.

    How about paratician?

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  7. lila
    lila 18 October, 2012, 16:12

    California would be much better off now if the progressive liberals had not put him in as Gov. Don’t people do any research before they Vote??? California became a disaster when he was in office before.. He is a liberal hippy with only liberal thinking. I wish we could get him out of Office forever.

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  8. us citizen
    us citizen 18 October, 2012, 17:00

    erryjay rownbay isyay anyay idiotyay

    Ain’t latin, but works for me.

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  9. us citizen
    us citizen 18 October, 2012, 17:01

    So does Pompous Ass

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  10. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 18 October, 2012, 17:34

    Ixnay Erryjay Ownbray

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  11. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 18 October, 2012, 17:41

    ack. I see US Citizen beat me to it.

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  12. us citizen
    us citizen 18 October, 2012, 18:28

    Great minds think alike! LOL

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  13. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 18 October, 2012, 19:33

    Children……line up for pizza and burrito lunch….you’ve been naughty today!

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  14. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 18 October, 2012, 20:14

    California would be much better off now if the progressive liberals had not put him in as Gov.

    Whitman was not a much better choice, neither was Arnold. I think as long as the public unions are gaming the system, with insane amounts of money to bribe and corrupt legislators, we will be ungovernable.

    I’m serious. We are basically bankrupt, the system won’t collapse today, tomorrow or next year, but 5, 10 years down the road it will cave in like a 8.0 earthquake.

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  15. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 18 October, 2012, 21:03

    Pack and ship

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  16. Barb
    Barb 19 October, 2012, 04:59

    It’s good to see you’ve kept your sense of humor Mr. Seiler! You have to in this snakepit called California! And no, I’m not going to translate that in Latin! (I’m losing my sense of humor!)

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  17. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 19 October, 2012, 09:45

    Kalifornia used to be paradise for the masses. Now it’s only paradise for tax feeders, illegal aliens and rich folks. We ate the apple from the tree of big government and got tossed out of the garden of Eden.

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  18. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 19 October, 2012, 10:09

    Dys. Lighten up. Some people are fragile, some impressionable…..

    It is sunny and a great fall day….enjoy…..good for your palenesss being in the bunker too much!

    Will expect my usual nasty beating…over?

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  19. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 20 October, 2012, 01:17

    Talk about fragile. If someone coughed on you it would cause a bruise Teddy. Yes, it is a nice fall day. So what. Is the weather all you lotus eaters care about. What about the bracing wind of freedom? Kind of scares you doesn’t it?

    Hey, you have to admit, my biblical analogy fits yes?

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  20. Hank
    Hank 22 October, 2012, 15:19

    More and more Jerry walks the Capitol at night wearing a tunic and tights and muttering latin. Don’t anyone point out the obvious, moonbeam has gone mental.

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