Wednesday, December 16, 2015


What to Say When Someone Farts

Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound 115 (tr. Alan H. Sommerstein):
What sound, what scent has been wafted to me, unseen,
from gods, from mortals, or from both together?

τίς ἀχώ, τίς ὀδμὰ προσέπτα μ᾿ἀφεγγής,
θεόσυτος, ἢ βρότειος, ἢ κεκραμένη;
Simonides, Poetae Melici Graeci, no. 638 (my translation):
A flight-causing smell.

φύξιμος ὀδμή.
Ennius, Annals 451 Skutsch (tr. E.H. Warmington):
And the trumpet in terrible tones taratantara blared.

at tuba terribili sonitu taratantara dixit.
Titinius, fragment 20 Ribbeck (my translation):
Meanwhile a stinking breeze assaults the nose.

interea foetida anima nasum oppugnat.
Vergil, Aeneid 3.228 (my translation):
An awful sound amid foul stench.

vox taetrum dira inter odorem.
Dante, Inferno 21.139 (tr. John D. Sinclair):
And he made a trumpet of his rear.

ed elli avea del cul fatto trombetta.
William Shakespeare, King John 5.2.117:
What lusty trumpet thus doth summon us?
John Milton, Paradise Lost 1.236-237 (where singéd = scorched and involved = surrounded):
A singéd bottom all involved
With stench and smoke.
Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Roderick Random, Vol. I, Chap. XXXIV:
Heaven preserve me! I am suffocated! Fellow! fellow! away with thee. Curse thee, fellow! get thee gone: I shall be stunk to death!
Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Orpheus," lines 35-37:
What wondrous sound is that, mournful and faint,
But more melodious than the murmuring wind
Which through the columns of a temple glides?


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