Jan 2, 2013

Portrait of the Artist's Mother as a Young Dominatrix

or, Sub umbra floreo

She heard tell that it rained men in Belize. Men in suits looking for shade, carrying briefcases blacker than orchids between hotels and P.O. boxes, wearing red ties millimetrically noosed around their necks.

Belize. Now that was a place to do some fishing.

The Monument
by Judson Huss

A brief observation on the Latin morphemes, -or and -ix:

Charlize Theron is set to play a character named Imperator Furiosa in the next Mad Max movie.

Yes, Imperator; He-Emperor. Hollywood writers think bad Latin makes them look sophisticated, I guess. See, Imperator Furiosa = He-Emperor She-Furious. 

Theron's character should be an Imperatrix, unless the script calls for a last-minute reveal of Furiosa as a bona fide Furioso.

Saddling an empress with the title of emperor is the opposite of sophistication.*
Free tip: If you want to give your characters Latin-sounding names, take a few lessons in a Romance language (Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish) so you can understand how grammatical gender affects words in these languages, which all descend from Imperial Latin.**

*When I referred to Darth Vader as a male dominatrix, that was a deliberate choice on my part; the non-jokey word would be dominator

**But does Peoria give a damn? Does Bhutan?

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