It’s a phrase we all know, understand and translate incorrectly.
Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.
From lyric poet Horace, in the first century BC, it is translated as “seize” the day.
Carpe actually means “pluck”, giving us the more literal translation:
Pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the future.
Also quoted by Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society, one of the best interpretations came in the 17th century, in a poem by Robert Herrick, which begins…
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
- Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
- Old Time is still a-flying;
- And this same flower that smiles today
- To-morrow will be dying.
And just for the fun of it, some lighter interpretations:
- Carpe Dentum – Seize the Teeth
- Carp Diem – Fish Of The Day
- Carpe Denim – Seize the Pants
- Carpe Diet – Seize The Rice Cake
- Crape Diem – Sh*tty Day
- Carpe Ductum – Seize The Tape
- Carpe Jugulum – Go For The Throat
- Carpe Lactuca Sativa – Seize ‘er Salad
- Carpe Noctem – Seize The Night
- Carpe Per Diem – Seize the Expense Check
- Carpe PM – Seize The Midol
- Carpe Sharpei – Seize The Wrinkled Dog
- Carpe Vacationem – Seize the Day Off
- Carpe Viagram – Fetch The Stick
***And my personal favorite, from a recent bumper sticker sighting***
- Carpe Scrotum -Grab Life by the Balls
LOL I can’t breathe!! Funny stuff!
Thanks so much. Folks have played with the phrase over the years. These are some of my favorites. ☺
XD Yes.. I know. 🙂
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Very funny stuff
Thanks so much for the reblog. This was a fun post for me, especially on a hot Sunday morning !! 😂 😂 😂
Lol, I like the last one too Van! ❤
I wanted to leave a reward on the guy’s bumper for that one.
Very funny. I really liked Carpe Per Diem. Reminds me of my old job in sales. Thanks for the laugh.
My pleasure, Diana.
STOMACH CRAMPS!!! Oh, Van!!!! Too funny!!!! How I needed this laugh, thank you! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤
Glad to make you laugh…my work is done, Amy. 😀 😀 😀
And so it is!!! 🙂
Haha, I’m cracking up.
💕 😂 😂 😂
Love the last one too 😂
As the kids would say….I know, right ??? 😂 Thanks, Maria
Thanks, Switters ! Glad you enjoyed. ☺
Crape diem et. al. too funny!
It was fun for me, Cindy. Sometimes, you just need a little levity. Thanks. ☺
You saved the best for last!!!
I saw that one about a year ago…made me look twice !! Thanks, Nina. 💕
I’m with you…love the last one.
Even those of us without “them” can relate. Thanks, George ! ☺
Carpe Banjo – Dangerous River for Canoeing
Love it…thanks for playing !! ☺
Crap denim………..you know
For sure ! ☺ Lots of it.
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I knew those years of Latin I took wouldn’t go to waste!!! -OM
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You see…it all comes back to you; sometimes just for fun. Thanks for the reblog, Jason. Semper jocosus. ☺
No thanks necessary! 🙂
And here I was thinking it meant carp isn’t on your diet.
I was driving somewhere in Minneapolis years ago and heard a couple of lines from Horace on MN Public Radio: Death plucks my ear and says ‘Live. I am coming.’ ” I scribbled it down (once I’d stopped driving, since I didn’t want to piss Death off by rushing him) and a while later a friend saw it on my dashboard and said, “If I had that in my car I’d never get to work in the morning.”
So glad you didn’t rush Death on that drive, Ellen. I agree with your friend…you must have really loved your job !!
Oddly enough, I did. At least enough of it.
Carpe Sharpie. Grab the autograph? 😉
ha…good one, Mark. Thanks for playing. ☺
Ha ha ha …now I am rolling on the grass ….you are really funny , Van !
☺☺☺ Sometimes, it’s just so much fun !
In respose to your post Carpe Diem, did you see the Robin Williams movie Dead Poet’s Society? This is a famous quote from the movie. Nice to meet you.
Hi Janice. For sure, I was a huge Robin W. fan, I started this blog back up just after he died. Dead Poets is one of my all time favorites, and to a certain degree, has inspired this and a few other posts. Thanks for the read and comment. ☺ Van
It’s been three years already? It’s beautiful your site is a tribute to him. I am also a huge fan.
Sorry, Janice, that was a typo. I started my first blog in 2012, left for 2 years and came back in late August, 2014…that was when he passed.
I thought it was more recently. I was going to be an entertainment blogger, but I changed gears. People seem to appreciate my blogging tips more
Love RW and DPS. For years, I have used DPS in my junior English classes. I had to stop since he died. Just way too sad. Perhaps, I can muster up working it in again this year. IDK.
I think he provided quite a few teaching moments. 💘
Thank you. It’s an older post, a bit edited. Glad you enjoyed. ☺
Carpe denim hehe….very wise words you have once again!
This was a fun one. Thanks. ☺
What a fantastic post! Thank you for the laugh. 🙂 The interpretations are great!
I liked the motto so much, I had pens engraved with Carpe Diem, just as a reminder. Thanks, Brenda. Glad you could appreciate the modifications. 💘
A treat to read. 🙂 I love the motto as well. 🙂
❤️ 💛 💙 💜
I thought so, too. Thanks, AGMA. ☺
Carpe scrotum. Bwahahahaha!! 😂
I know. I was laughing out loud, stopped behind this car bumper. ☺☺☺
Hahaha… that is so funny! Thank you for clarifying the meaning…. and the varieties to use it 😄
My pleasure, Erika. 💖
Ha ha, Van! Love this post! 🙂
💖 Thanks, Kelly.
Always, Van xo
After the couple of days I just had, all I can say is Carpe Vino. Cheers!
Seize it, CM, seize it !!! ☺
Now I finally know 😉 So so funny, Van! Love it!
💖 Happy to hear it, Sandra. Thanks.
I didn’t know it was a mistake. Now whenever I hear someone using the incorrect word, I will carpe on at them about it. 🙂
hahaha! I never, ever heard that last one, but I plan on using it many times in the future. 😀
Good to know…go for it. ☺
Those renditions of this well known phrase are hilarious!!!
Thanks for sharing Van 🙂
My pleasure, G. 💖
🙂 🙂 🙂
Hehehe…this is a great compilation! “Carpe Scrotum” is really the best 😀
From now on, I will threaten someone saying Carpe Throatum- Seize the throat 😛 😛
Thanks for playing along, Mani. Good one ! ☺
hahahaha thanks Van!
Your favorite is my favorite! 🙂
☺ I know, right ? as they say….
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Thanks so much, Sandra. ☺☺☺
Great Post. Really hard to have a Crape Diem when reading your blog. Thanks.
Ha ha. Great comment. Thanks for playing, Pam. ☺
Now I know where they got viagra from. Ha,ha 🙂
Good call, J.☺Thanks. Have a great weekend. 💝
You too Van 🙂