November 14th, 2007

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Latin translation

Hello linguaphiles! Can anyone tell me what this means? I have never taken Latin, and can only make poor guesses from my French knowldege:

"Nunc dimittis servum tuum . . . in pace"

About the only thing that I know for sure is that it ends "in peace."

Thanks! ;)

EDIT: Answered! Thanks so much! Totally makes sense in the context.
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Latin Button

I was wondering if anyone here could help me with the translation/meaning of a button I found among my Grandmother's old belongings. It says "Ludovicus Rex Plures non capit orbis" (i'm assuming you start with "ludovicus," but it's hard to tell since the words go around in a circle so there's not really a beginning or an end).

Searching online, the best translation I can find is "There is no room in the world for more than one King Ludwig." I can only assume the button is American since my Grandmother had American-born parents and rarely left the country.

Is this the true meaning? If so, why would you put that on a button, and which King Ludwig/what situation is it referring to?!

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Names of these people

There are people who supervise exams and make sure that no-one is cheating, and hand out extra paper and so on.

I know them as invigilators. (it's a great, stern sounding word isn't it?)

I've seen them called proctors and docents by people from other parts of the english speaking world.

What do you know them as? (In any langauge)
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