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Captatio benevolentiae

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#1 - wiredguy ONLINE
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(03/14/2013) [-]
nunc est bibendum?

That makes no sense
#2 to #1 - kexminator [OP]
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(03/14/2013) [-]
It's latin, it means:
"Now is the time to drink"
#3 to #2 - wiredguy ONLINE
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(03/14/2013) [-]
Nah, it just means "now is the drink"
Maybe that's some quirk of the language I'm not familiar with

I'd have gone with "nunc bibemus"
"Now we drink"
#6 to #3 - anon
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(03/15/2013) [-]
Nunc est bibendum means "Now we must drink". It's a structure called passive periphrastic, very common in Latin.
#4 to #3 - kexminator [OP]
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(03/14/2013) [-]
It's a quite famous quote and is generally known as a standart phrase.
Though, you are right; if we were to translate it directly, it wouldn't make much sence. However, latin language cannot be translated directly, as some of the phrases are, to our modern eyes, very odd.
I guess you could call it "some quirk of the language"
#5 to #4 - wiredguy ONLINE
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(03/14/2013) [-]
I figured it might be, I was just thinking about it :P
I guess it makes sense, in a way
"now" is a time related word