I prefer animals to people/humans

Discussion in 'Lingua Latina (Latin)' started by Casquilho, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Casquilho Senior Member

    São Paulo, Brazil
    Portuguese - Brazil
    Hello guys, can you help me with this statement, "I prefer animals to people/humans"? I mean, which word shall I use in Latin for animals, which may be equal or near to the sense in the phrase? Thanks if you can help me, that will be sweet.
  2. Scholiast

    Scholiast Senior Member

    Reading, UK
    English - UK
    salue Casquilho

    For your context I would suggest bestia: animal is too encompassing (involving homo sapiens as well), and belua too drastic in its nuane (nearly, "monster").

    Jerome's Vulgate has animans (in the Levitican discussion of kosher and unclean foods), but this seems to me to have no advantages at all.

    All good wishes,
  3. anurocyon New Member

    You may consider the 'scientifically correct' term nonhuman animals. In this motto, it would sound fresh and no less provocative.
  4. Casquilho Senior Member

    São Paulo, Brazil
    Portuguese - Brazil
    So, bestias hominibus praefero is good?

    anurocyon, how could I say "nonhuman" in Latin?

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