I am writing a series and looking for a title particularly in Latin. Got the idea from Sabaton's 'Attero Dominatus' and have read that thread. 'Attero Denarios', seems be correct for 'I destroy coins' or 'I weaken coins'. But open for correctness or something better. For coins is short for cryptocurrency coins, so is of the cyber realm.

  • A denarius is a specific coin; you'd want nummus (acc. pl. nummos). Attero is also a weird verb to use.
    – Cairnarvon
    Commented Nov 22, 2020 at 3:16
  • Yeah... nummus though correct just doesn't sound fitting, especially to a person not knowing Latin. For example, seems like related to being numb.
    – MrPatrick
    Commented Nov 22, 2020 at 12:51

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As denarius is a specific coin and and atterere only means destroying in the sense of rubbing, attero denarios would mean primarily something like "I rub dimes against each other" and can be stretched to "I ruin dimes by rubbing them". In order to give an impression of the tone, I translated denarius to "dime" just because they are both specific coins; the two coins are unrelated.

My answer to the question is no: attero denarios is not correct for "I destroy coins". The words have meanings in the right general direction, but they don't add up to a good translation. Be careful with what you consider synonyms.

The most straightforward way to say "I destroy coins" is nummos deleo. The word nummus is a general word for a coin, and delere is good general word for destroying. (It is not the only verb for destroying; see this answer for a list or consult any good online Latin dictionary.)

In a comment you objected to nummus as it sounds a bit like the English "numb". Such coincidences happen when translating between languages, and I don't see any reason to be alarmed unless it suggests something particularly obscene or counterproductive. If you want to worry about such things, you need to know your target audience's languages (not only English!) and have several experts help you out. I see nothing wrong with using nummus.

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    Deleo is off course fine; if you are looking for other choices for "destroy," Latin does not let you down; I recommend this old answer of mine. Commented Nov 23, 2020 at 12:00
  • @SebastianKoppehel Good point! I added that and a dictionary link for more breadth in vocabulary.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Commented Nov 23, 2020 at 12:03
  • Thank you for that explanation, it has given me something to chew on for my long drive. I think I can see how it may look to have more than one meaning. As is for, destroying coins, but also as, numerous destruction, kind of playing off it as a pun in a way. I do like when a title may appear to have more than one meaning. I do agree rubbing coins doesn't sound right when translated, just seems to sound decent. I may go with Nummos Destruo.... or similar, Nummo Destruo, Nummos Destruos... or just as it was stated. Got to think on it. Thanks!
    – MrPatrick
    Commented Nov 24, 2020 at 12:04
  • @MrPatrick I'm glad to be able to help! Destruo is certainly a possible verb. Regarding forms of the noun: Use either nummos (plural) or nummum (singular) but not other forms like nummo. If you use other cases than accusative, you get things like "I destroy with coins" or "I destroy for coins" or "I am a coin and I destroy". Also, I recommend taking a look at our quick tour at some point to see more functionalities.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Commented Nov 24, 2020 at 12:17
  • Thanks again. If I ever write a satire, I would definitely go with "I rub dimes." Or, "I am a coin and I destroy" (Translated)
    – MrPatrick
    Commented Nov 27, 2020 at 4:09

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