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Ne Ambulemos in Muros

Memories are funny things

Photo of my old book’s text: “FIRST BOOK COMMENTARIORUM OF COMMENTARIES CAII JULII CASARIS, OF CAIUS JULIUS CAESAR, DE ON GALLICO BELLO. GALLIC WAR.”
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According to Mister Foley, my seventh grade Latin teacher, my title phrase is proper Latin. ChatGPT disagrees slightly, saying it is acceptable but that “Ne in muros ambulemos” is more usual.

Either way, I learned this when Billy, a fellow student who I did not know very well, knocked at the door of my Latin class with a note for our teacher. Mister Foley walked over to open the door, Billy came in a little ways and handed over the note.

Some of my classmates wouldn’t have known Billy’s name. He was in the lower classes, not even eligible for Latin, Algebra, or any of the other classes I was taking. I knew him a little because I had once been in those low-potential classes with him.

Billy, perhaps embarrassed to be there, turned quickly to leave and bumped into the door frame. Some of the class laughed as he hastily pulled the door shut to return to wherever he had been — probably the Principal’s office for some classroom misbehavior.

Mister Foley turned to us and said the words.

“Ne ambulemos in muros.”

Most of us had learned enough Latin by then to laugh, but he translated it anyway, “Let us not walk into walls.” The few non-comprehending students then had their laugh, and…

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Anthony (Tony/Pcunix) Lawrence 👀
E³ — Entertain Enlighten Empower

Retired Unix Consultant. I write tech and humor mostly but sometimes other things. See my Lists if your interests are specific.