The strange case of Mark Lowe, accused of plotting to murder a female employee, took a strange twist yesterday after a tribunal heard that the investment firm boss used a "vile Latin quotation" in an email. Responding to work experience girl Ariane Gordji's suggestion that he should "diligite inimicos vestros" (love your enemies), Lowe quoted the 1st century poet Catullus: "Irrumabo vos, et pedicabo vos" (which our family-friendly policy obliges us to render as: I will make whoopee in your mouth and your posterior). Surely this wasn't what Boris meant when he encouraged kids to learn Latin? Ms Gordji, not a fluent Latin linguist, was shocked when she Googled the translation; Lowe maintains it was a light-hearted joke and that, in its time, the line was considered a slice of agreeable badinage. Our adolescent Latin grammar lessons have helped prepare this phrase that Mr. Lowe might want to memorise in his own defence: "Ego sum inimicus proprius pessimus meus".
City Gent Accused Of Sending Lewd Latin Message
Last Updated 24 November 2009