And this one translates because the Romans were just as huge snobs as us

CATULLUS 84

‘Arry ‘as ‘is own langwidge. ‘E will say
An hambush for example, and look proud,
sure that ‘e ‘as it right. Will say things loud
and say them at each hoppurtunitay.

I blame ‘is kin. ‘is n uncle, first one freed,
‘is muvver and ‘is sisters and ‘is aunt
vey all try to speak proper and they can’t.
Are sure vey’ve got it right. Ho yes hindeed.

But now that he’s gone East for good, our ears
are gently soothed by accents smooth and mild.
No more his mispronunciations wild…
Until a sudden thought brings back worse fears.

What if his accent spreads, so that one day
e’ll sail back ‘ome on the Hionian Say,

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Middleaged, trans, novelist, poet, activist
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