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My thanks to everyone who suggested mottos--there were some really good ones, but in the end, I had to go with the classic:
I despise the arrogant wombat.

In case anyone doesn't know the origin, I once had a troll with a questionable grip on either the language or consensual reality leave some truly bizarre comments on my art, one of which was the marvelous phrase "I despise the arrogant wombat." The pleasure I have derived from this phrase is all out of proportion, and it still gives me the warm fuzzies. 'Cos I mean, really, doesn't that just say it all?

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Trouble is, I read that as 'I condemn the wombat with the amazing rear end'

I speak more-or-less-American English, so the inappropriate mental image it gives me is of a wino in a cape.

'Celsum' or 'elatum' would also work for 'arrogant', and 'odio' or (not surprisingly -- I missed this on first look through the dictionary) 'despicio' for 'despise' (though the impression I have of 'odiare' is that it's not as strong as the other two) -- and now that I think about it, despicio vombatum celsum is a lot more euphonious than contemno vombatum superbum.

Stupid Latin and its rich vocabulary.

Stupid Latin and its rich vocabulary.

Like an English-speaker has any justification for complaint.

I really need a language icon in my vast, pathetic vistas of self-expression. *sigh* *ponders sitting down and working on that again*

Like an English-speaker has any justification for complaint.

Well, I consider myself an expert on surfeit of choice.

The thing is, I've been speaking English my entire life, so I consider it to have, not so much a wealth of synonyms, but a wealth of words for subtle gradations of meaning. That's all idiomatic, though, and my Latin is anything but idiomatic.

And I think the infinitive I was looking for is 'odire', not 'odiare'. Like I said, rusty as hell. 'Odio' is right, though. Bloody irregularities.

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