Toddler Latin for Beginners

mosaic-551307_1280Fancy learning a classical, dead, utterly ridiculous, and largely fake language? Look no further than Toddler Latin. Here, I introduce the key phrases of Toddler Latin for beginners in my Latin to Toddler Latin dictionary.

(Latin) Carpe diem – Seize the day

(Toddler Latin) Carpe hairem – Seize the hair (and don’t let go)

(Latin) Omnes viae Romam ducunt – All roads lead to Rome

(Toddler Latin) Omnes viae Peppa Pig ducunt – All roads lead to Peppa Pig

(Latin) Veni, vidi, vici – I came, I saw, I conquered

(Toddler Latin) Veni, vidi, shouti – I came, I saw, I yelled

(Latin) Mea Culpa – My fault

(Toddler Latin) Mea soror culpa – My sister’s fault

(Latin) Habeas corpus – (We command that) you bring forth the body

(Toddler Latin) Habeas biscuitus – (We command that) you bring forth the biscuits

(Latin) Caveat emptor – Let the buyer beware

(Toddler Latin) Caveat mater – Let the mother beware

(Latin) Amor vincit omnia – Love conquers all things

(Toddler Latin) screamum vincit omnia – High pitched screaming conquers all things

(Latin) Non ducor, duco – I am not led, I lead

(Toddler Latin) Non ducor, runo – I am not led, I am running away

(Latin) Carpe noctem – Seize the night

(Toddler Latin) Carpe noctem – Seize the night (no one needs sleep)

(Latin) Cogito ergo sum – I think, therefore I am

(Toddler Latin) Cogito ergo sum tantrumum – I think, therefore I am having a tantrum


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  1. Linda Hobden says:

    I learnt Latin at school but I do like your toddler latin version! The only Latin I can remember properly is the verb to love and to carry ; and the phrase “et al” meaning “and the rest” – hence I used the phrase for my FB group – Boots Shoes et Al. ? Have shared & flipped! ?

  2. Briony says:

    I think therefore I’m having a tantrum. All to true! Plus I’m watching Peppa Pig at the moment, it does seem all roads do indeed lead to that awful creature. #TwinklyTuesday

  3. You are not only hilarious but I have a sneaky feeling that you are something of a genius? Your latin is incredibly impressive, and if it’s all the same to you I should like to pinch “Habeas biscuitus” to be introduced into my general daily vocabulary. Fantastic! Thanks for linking with #fartglitter x

  4. Very impressive and insightful look into the workings of the toddler mind! Unfortunately, all roads DO lead to Peppa Pig! You can try to escape but all efforts are futile… Habeus biscuitus is my only consolation! #AnythingGoes

  5. Another absolutely brilliant one!! Your mind is so full of fabulously hilarious ideas!! And you KNOW toddlers so well, I think you should write a book!! My toddlers (well, one is actually a threenager now, but just saying ‘toddlers’ is much easier!) have all of these Latin phrases down-especially cogito ergo sum tantrumum-that seems to be a thing they think they have to be doing every second they’re awake…!

  6. When I read the introduction, I was like, what?! Latin is not ridiculous!!! And then I saw the toddler version and I am still with this tears in my eyes! utterly brilliant! Mea soror culpa is my fave! I can imagine that very well! #FridayFrolics

  7. I love a bit of Latin, it’s omni !! present and we use it all the time not really knowing etcetera etcetera!!! My fave on the list has to be number 10. cogito ergo sum tantrumum – genius! Is tantrum a latin word too perhaps?? If I could get away with it i would habaeus biscuitus (or shortbreadus)…very witty post 🙂 x #fridayfrolics

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