Thursday, May 31, 2012 2:09:19 PM
Horace. Not much I remember from school, but some of us have and do study the classics.
Yes, I did too. "Dulce et Decorum est" is one of the other phrases that he originated, and that other much later writers popularised; it seems strangely apt for Americans today.
However, getting back on topic, whilst I'm sure that it wasn`t her intention, Mrs "actually, I learned it from the Brady Bunch, so there" down below added weight to my theory that most people born in the latter third of the twentieth century will not have been introduced to the concept of carpe diem by reading the original high-brow source text, but rather by more populist media, in just the same way as "YOLO" became widely-known through populist media. Which is why Jack Black is misguided for saying that "YOLO is Carpe Diem for stupid people" - most people who know the concept these days didn`t come to it through particularly intellectual sources.
Most people understand that "Carpe Diem" is popularly translated into "Sieze the Day". Personally, I don't even know what Robin Williams movie you`re referring to and I know Carpe Diem. The fact that you automatically assume he got it from a movie, when it could have come from a multitude of other sources, is asinine. Please. Crawl back under your rock.