Monday, 3 February 2014

Carpe Diem - Seize the Cliché!

CARPE DIEM

Interjection. Early 19th century.
[Latin, literally 'seize the day!', a quotation from Horace (Odes i.xi).]

Used to urge someone to make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future.

Seize the day, coz YOLO, bro! I was all like "I'm gonna read the OED!" And they was all like "No way, dude!" And I was all like "Yes way, man! I am gonna carpe that flippin' diem! I am gonna memento that mori like a boss! I ain't gonna look before I leap. I ain't gonna think before I act. Consequences and repercussions are just a state of mind; and thinking ahead is backward thinking. And I am gonna express my individuality by having a stock Latin phrase tattooed on my body exactly like hundreds of thousands of other united non-conformists. Seize the day, dude - seize that flippin' day."


Why are you wasting time here thinking about commenting?

There are pints to be chugged, tattoos to inked, edges to be jumped off, and naked selfies to be sent.

Get out there dude! And regert nothing ...

9 comments:

  1. When I was studying in Chile my two other gringa friends and I spent lots of time talking about getting "carpe that diem, po" tattooed on our behinds.

    Luckily good sense prevailed. But many other diems were carped in that time and place. No regerts!

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    1. I like that, Katie - carpe those diems with actions (properly planned and budgeted, of course), not clichés.

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    2. I got my first tattoo in Chile? Where did you study?

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  2. You just liberated me from mediocre normaldom Ed, and you should know this crazy thing is like wildfire!

    It's only been ten minutes since I wrote 'lexicolatry' on my forehead in mayonnaise and I'm fairly sure it made that lady in the park consider a piercing, or a larger hat or something.

    -clueless.

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    1. Inspiration is cyclical, C - as I was reading your comment at 10pm last night, I was just thinking "It's probably time to go to bed." But after reading your experience, I thought to hell with it all, and I stayed up and watched one more episode of 'Would I Lie to You?' Carpe diem, bro. C-A-R-P-E D-I-E-M.

      PS - I'm thinking of getting an 'Inspiration is Cyclical' tattoo now. Do you think it'll catch on?

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  3. I'm in for the pints to be chugged, but I'll leave you youngies to do the rest! :)
    Oh, and I am assuming YOLO is you only live once? I bet that's way overused!

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    1. It does and is indeed, Jingles. According to Wikipedia, Zac Efron has a tattoo of the motto and, if a Google image search is to be believed, so do lots and lots and lots and lots of other people.

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  4. You don't have to seize the day like a fratboy, Ed! :)

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    1. And one need not adopt a cliché as some kind of personal motto either, but they do ...

      (seriously, though, your comment really made me chuckle) : o )

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