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Bad Latin really tries my patience.
I love finding Latin in unexpected places. That being said, it spoils the effect if the Latin is incorrect! While shopping today I saw this Jessica Kagan Cushman bracelet, original price: $125. It says: QUOSQUE TANDEM ABUTERE PATIENTIA NOSTRA?, which is nonsense. She was trying to quote Cicero’s First Catilinarian, which begins: Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra?, or (roughly) “How long will you abuse our patience, Catiline? The bracelet’s “quosque” is meaningless in the context, since abutere takes the ablative. I would suggest, Ms. Cushman, next time you quote a Latin phrase, that you double-check your source before production.