I made an Exquisite Corps XCOM logo

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#1 Edited by B0nd07 (1761 posts) -

Hey everyone,

It's been a long time since I've posted, well, anything to the forums, but I thought I'd share this. Here is my interpretation of a logo for The Exquisite Corps if they were a division of XCOM. My Latin is non-existent, so please let me know if my translation is wrong (this is now the third iteration) and how to correct it.

I made two versions, one "holographic" and one "clean", both 1920x1080.

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#2 Edited by pewpewphil (43 posts) -

dam made a holographic one too!

excellent job solider, your work will go along way to help the commanders of the Exquisite corps !

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#3 Posted by VoshiNova (2372 posts) -

Duder you nailed it! Vigilo Confido!

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#4 Posted by csl316 (14650 posts) -

*salutes*

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#5 Posted by dudeglove (13403 posts) -

I am also bad at Latin, but it should be pointed out that you have used "Protectoris" for "Corps", though procteroris is (I think?) "defender" rather than meaning "corps" which is another word for battalion (so literally "exquisite defender" in the singular rather than the plural). I also think you have your adjectival ending wrong (-us preceeding -is means they don't agree but someone can correct me on this as the words might not be irregular).

Again, please get the Latin scholar in, but if we wanted to be completely true on a surface level to the original, then it's probably something like "Exquisito Vexillatio" (vexillatio meaning "corps" or "batallion"). The thing is, Vinny is clearly doing one of his Drew-tier puns (corps nearly homophonous with corpse - yes i know, depending on your pronunciation - considering he knows full well how the series will go with Dan's decision making), so if we wanted to be truly accurate and also incorporate the wordplay, we'd end up with something else entirely. Unfortunately I am absolutely no academic and this level of punning in Latin is beyond my capabilities. Translation! Fun!

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#6 Edited by B0nd07 (1761 posts) -

@dudeglove: Thank you. Believe me when I say you know more Latin than I do.

Funny enough, I actually had "Vexillatio" in my original. I used several different translation sites each with different results for "corps" (some didn't even have one), which didn't help. Of course the biggest issue with online translators is syntax; so again, thank you for that. Before now I only had one person on Twitter tell me "Ugh, that translation is so wrong" without even a hint as to how to correct it.

I'll see if anyone else pipes in before making a, hopefully, final change. Ah, screw it; I'll do one now. It's a simple enough thing for me to change, I can do another if I need to.

Thank you, @pewpewphil, @voshinova, @csl316!

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#7 Edited by Crysack (565 posts) -

@dudeglove said:

I am also bad at Latin, but it should be pointed out that you have used "Protectoris" for "Corps", though procteroris is (I think?) "defender" rather than meaning "corps" which is another word for battalion (so literally "exquisite defender" in the singular rather than the plural). I also think you have your adjectival ending wrong (-us preceeding -is means they don't agree but someone can correct me on this as the words might not be irregular).

Again, please get the Latin scholar in, but if we wanted to be completely true on a surface level to the original, then it's probably something like "Exquisito Vexillatio" (vexillatio meaning "corps" or "batallion"). The thing is, Vinny is clearly doing one of his Drew-tier puns (corps nearly homophonous with corpse - yes i know, depending on your pronunciation - considering he knows full well how the series will go with Dan's decision making), so if we wanted to be truly accurate and also incorporate the wordplay, we'd end up with something else entirely. Unfortunately I am absolutely no academic and this level of punning in Latin is beyond my capabilities. Translation! Fun!

Vexillatio is third-declension feminine and this is presumably the nominative case so the end result would be 'exquisita vexillatio'. However, 'exquisitus', despite being the etymological root of 'exquisite' does not mean quite the same thing. It is the perfect passive participle of 'exquiro'. Hence, it means something closer to 'the detachment/corps that was sought out/searched for' - which might actually be somewhat appropriate. You could equally use 'cohors' as an alternative to vexillatio, which refers to a detachment of a legion combining 500 men.

If you're looking for a word closer to the English meaning of 'exquisite', you could use something like concinna, although that tends to be used more in the context of literary or artistic works.

Incidentally, both 'corps' and 'corpse' derive from the same latin root 'corpus' which simply refers to the body of something - whether it be an animal or a structure or a system or literally a corpse.

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#8 Posted by deactivated-5ab009e6ec980 (145 posts) -
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I made a quick video loop of your logo @b0nd07

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#9 Posted by chilibean_3 (2338 posts) -

Looks great, duder!

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#10 Posted by Hasbro DP (47 posts) -

"Yeah dude lets post this on reddit and get all the thumbs up's!"

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#11 Posted by OurSin_360 (6065 posts) -

Its dope but i would just put the actual title instead of the latin.

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#12 Posted by B0nd07 (1761 posts) -
@crysack said:

Vexillatio is third-declension feminine and this is presumably the nominative case so the end result would be 'exquisita vexillatio'. However, 'exquisitus', despite being the etymological root of 'exquisite' does not mean quite the same thing. It is the perfect passive participle of 'exquiro'. Hence, it means something closer to 'the detachment/corps that was sought out/searched for' - which might actually be somewhat appropriate. You could equally use 'cohors' as an alternative to vexillatio, which refers to a detachment of a legion combining 500 men.

If you're looking for a word closer to the English meaning of 'exquisite', you could use something like concinnitās, although that tends to be used more in the context of literary or artistic works.

Incidentally, both 'corps' and 'corpse' derive from the same latin root 'corpus' which simply refers to the body of something - whether it be an animal or a structure or a system or literally a corpse.

I see. Thank you for this break down. I think I'll give it one last version using "exquisita". I like the idea of being close enough, but still getting the job done; seems to fit the series too.

@deactivated-5ab009e6ec980: That's awesome!

@chilibean_3@hasbro dp: Thanks!

@oursin_360: Thanks! I may make a version in English, but the whole idea was to make something like what's in the game, which is all Latin.

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#13 Posted by Crysack (565 posts) -

@b0nd07 said:
@crysack said:

Vexillatio is third-declension feminine and this is presumably the nominative case so the end result would be 'exquisita vexillatio'. However, 'exquisitus', despite being the etymological root of 'exquisite' does not mean quite the same thing. It is the perfect passive participle of 'exquiro'. Hence, it means something closer to 'the detachment/corps that was sought out/searched for' - which might actually be somewhat appropriate. You could equally use 'cohors' as an alternative to vexillatio, which refers to a detachment of a legion combining 500 men.

If you're looking for a word closer to the English meaning of 'exquisite', you could use something like concinnitās, although that tends to be used more in the context of literary or artistic works.

Incidentally, both 'corps' and 'corpse' derive from the same latin root 'corpus' which simply refers to the body of something - whether it be an animal or a structure or a system or literally a corpse.

I see. Thank you for this break down. I think I'll give it one last version using "exquisita". I like the idea of being close enough, but still getting the job done; seems to fit the series too.

It kind of does. The Latin in the game is kind of weird anyway. The XCOM motto 'Vigilo Confido' is technically correct (albeit a strange construction) since Latin doesn't require a pronoun. It means something along the lines of 'I watch, I believe' - but I'm not actually sure that's what they were going for.

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