Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Princess Bride - In Latin! Inigo Montoya

My twin brother and I saw the Princess Bridge in the theater in 1987. And we didn't at first understand that it was a comedy. We were wanting to laugh, because it was hilarious. When we finally figured it out, we let loose and enjoyed one of the funniest and sweetest movies ever made.

The endearing character Inigo Montoya, portrayed by Mandy Patinkin, has two famous quotes in the movie. Here are the Latin versions of them.

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Pergis illo verbo uti. Non credo id significare id quod credis id significare.

Note that the verb utor, uti, usum takes an ablative object. The verb credo, credere, credidi, creditum would take a dative object, but here it introduces indirect statement constructions.

His most famous quote of all is that which he had planned to deliver to the Six-Fingered Man when he would finally enact his revenge. 

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
Salve. Nomen meum est Inigo Montoya. Patrem meum interfecisti. Para te mori. 

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