|Melody:||The Boar's Head Carol||Back to Roth's Song Index|
|By:||Assorted SCA folk in the 1980's|
|A popular game (of sorts) in my long-ago SCA days, involved the deliberate mistranslation of Latin phrases into English. For example, imagine the classic Boar's Head Carol, as heard by someone (a) mostly drunk, (b) partly deaf, and (c) with no particular knowledge of Latin:|
The boar's head is a ham with eyes
Throw it in the air and see if it flies
And I pray you my masters, eat cream pies
Quoth Esther in the Cheerios
Monaghan owns Dominos!
Has the flavor of a baby grand
Which when announced by a polka band
Let's us survey the anticks, oh! * Our stewpot hath provided this
In honor of the Prince's briss
Which in this bay to be serviced is *
In Nancy Reagan's adipose
The boar's head in hand bear I
Bedeck'd with bays and rosemary.
And I pray you, my masters, be merry Quot estis in convivio
Reddens laudes Domino
Is the rarest dish in all this land,
Which thus bedeck'd with a gay garland
Let us servire cantico. Our steward hath provided this
In honour of the King of Bliss;
Which on this day to be servèd is
In Reginensi atrio.