Synopses & Reviews
In staff meetings and singles bars, on freeways and fairways, there are aggravating people lurking everywhere these days. But bestselling humorist Henry Beard has the perfect comeback for all prickly situations, offering a slew of quips your nemesis won't soon forget . . . or even understand.
Beard's gift is his ability to make fun of popular culture and the current zeitgeist. In X-Treme Latin he provides Latin with an attitude, an indispensable phrasebook that taps the secret power of Latin to deliver, in total safety, hundreds of impeccable put-downs, comebacks, and wisecracks. Within its pages you will learn how to insult or fire coworkers; blame corporate scandals on someone else; cheer at a World Wrestling Entertainment match; talk back to your computer, TV, or Game Boy; deal with your road rage; evade threatening situations; snowboard in style; talk like Tony Soprano; and much more.
With dozens more zingers for quashing e-mail pranks, psyching out your golf opponent, giving backhanded compliments, and evading awkward questions, X-Treme Latin is destined for magnus popularity and will have readers cheering, “Celebremus!”
A genuine interest in the ancient worlds of Greece and Rome is fomenting among those who more often place the word party after toga. (USA Today)
About the Author
Henry Beard founded the National Lampoon along with Doug Kenney and Rob Hoffmann. Prior to National Lampoon, Beard collaborated with Kenney at the Harvard Lampoon during the late 1960s, producing nationally distributed parodies of Life and Time magazines and a book-length parody of The Lord of the Rings called Bored of the Rings. Since leaving National Lampoon, Beard has authored and co-authored over 30 humor books.
Table of Contents
X-Treme Latin I. Beginning Latin
A Little Story
Latin Aptitude Test
Romulus and Remus Jokes
The Legion of Superheroes
Hardball Talk Shows
Trash Talk in the Colosseum
Country Music Favorites
II. Intermediate Latin
Caesar's PowerPoint Presentation
Top 10 Reasons to Live in the Time of the Caesars
That Old-Time Religion
New Age Discourse
Sushi Bar Chitchat
Small Talk during a Colonoscopy
Useful Phrases for Barbarian Evildoers
Game Boy Chatter
Modern Vatican Latin
Learned Latin for Lovers
III. Advanced Latin
You Know You May Be a Roman If...
The Bestseller List
Latin for Trekkies
Stealth Latin for Golfers
Bad Latin, the Dirty Dozen