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Saturday Centus – Wk#179 – Prompt: “Remorse” without using the word – 100 words – “Pullus”

22 Sep

A time worn man shuffled by, “Doleo pro peccatis meis.”

My faulting Latin suggested he was sorry for his sins. He stopped, still mumbling to himself. I approached.

He looked up sadly, “Mea culpa. Doleo pro peccatis meis.”

“What sins are your fault?”

In English, he explained he’d invented a joke and had been cursed to an eternity of hearing it repeated.

“What joke could be so bad?”

He would only say it in Latin, “Quare pullus transire via?”

I translated, “Why did the chicken cross the road?”

A shriek of pain echoed across the park as he ran away.

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4 Comments

Posted by on September 22, 2013 in 2. Saturday Centus

 

4 responses to “Saturday Centus – Wk#179 – Prompt: “Remorse” without using the word – 100 words – “Pullus”

  1. lissa

    September 23, 2013 at 10:45

    I never could answer that question or find it funny. suppose it sounds better in latin?

    hope you have a great day.

     
    • Ross Mannell

      September 23, 2013 at 20:02

      Thanks for the comment.

      I have never thought that sort of joke particularly funner either. I thought the original creator of the joke might have suffered for his work. 🙂

       
  2. Anonymous

    September 23, 2013 at 19:40

    I chuckled just a little. Latin though…Latin? Ahhhhhh….runs away!

    http://writing-out-of-the-blue.blogspot.com/2013/09/untitled-poem-about-remorse.html

     
    • Ross Mannell

      September 23, 2013 at 20:00

      Thanks for the comment.

      Latin classes when a teen brings back memories but, I must admit, they were mostly not good. I was not a linguist. 🙂

       

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