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Help translating "It's not a bug, it's a feature!"?

Google Translate is unreliable with Latin and you should not take anything it gives seriously. The suggestion non insectum opus est sounds like "an insect is not work". I am not aware of ...
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How do you translate "Don't Fear the Reaper" into Latin?

Neither is correct, and timetere isn't a real Latin word. A correct translation depends somewhat on whether the command is directed at one person (e.g., you, the bearer of the tattoo) or the world at ...
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What does "Vivamus vel libero perit Americae" on Hannity's new book mean?

That's not a simple question, because this is not a real sentence Perditianus on Reddit pointed out on May 16 that this is exactly what Google Translate gives for “Live free or America dies”. So it ...
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What does "Vivamus vel libero perit Americae" on Hannity's new book mean?

As the other answers indicate, this is nonsense. But I think it would be helpful to provide (1) a parsing of the nonsense Latin, and (2) a good translation of the intended phrase. Parsing of nonsense ...
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How does "It's totally fucked" translate to Latin?

The Latin verb futuere is a good translation for the English verb "fuck" in the sense of sexual intercourse. The past participle fututus means "fucked" in this sense. As often in Latin, this can be ...
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Is my translation correct (Koine Greek silly sentence)

Indeed, you can leave out the verb "to be" in both Latin and Greek. But I have one issue with your translation. φίλος is not a noun meaning "love". It is either an adjective meaning "dear" (or "...
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How do you translate "Don't Fear the Reaper" into Latin?

When (Sir) Terry Pratchett was knighted, he chose this phrase as his heraldic motto. The official translation in that context is Noli Timere Messorem. This isn't the most natural word order (which ...
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What is the best "worst" translation of Latin from Google Translate?

This one was mentioned in the linked question and appears to be still valid: dolor sit amet > "carrots" This translation is marked as verified by community and no other options are ...
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What is the meaning of _voci populi_ in this quote?

It's a mistake in the English translation. As Adam Bishop in the Wiki discussion you link to says, the quote in German is Aber es gibt keine vox populi, sondern nur voces populi "But there is no ...
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Joke variant of US motto

E unum pluribus has just the same meaning as the original (though you might better use the ex form of the preposition when it precedes a vowel). The reverse, 'many out of one', would merely require ...
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Translate "Everything burns" into classical Latin

Your suggestions are not quite right, and they might in fact be badly misunderstood. There are two things to consider here. The first one is simple. Omnia is plural and the verb must agree. Omnia (ex)...
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What does "Vivamus vel libero perit Americae" on Hannity's new book mean?

Nothing. I think it's Google Translate nonsense, but it's perplexing that it'd find its way to a cover. The results may depend on the user, but I get these translations: Live Free or Die: America > ...
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Translating "Nocte volat caelī mediō"

As an adjective, indeed, medius, -a, -um does not take a genitive. However, there is a noun, the substantive medium, -i, which also means "middle" or "midst." Referring to a ...
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Is the Phrase "Sola Dea Fatum Novit" Proper Latin?

Yes, the grammar of this sentence is perfectly fine. It's a very simple sentence composed of subject, object and verb. Sentence Outline Subject: Sola dea - The subject needs to be nominative here. ...
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Is it acceptable/regular to use diacritics (macron) in written texts?

Latin doesn't have a single standardized orthography. The spelling "perfectio" is a fine way to write the Latin word for "perfection". In fact, a number of people would prefer "perfectio" over "...
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"Puella per portās urbis ducta est." Why is est added to the end of this sentence?

Just to put succinctly what the other answers have explained in more detail: "The girl was led through the gates of the city." Puella per portās urbis ducta est. In both languages the verb ...
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How would I say "I came, I saw, I kicked ass"?

If you want to preserve the V-V-V structure of the original, you could do: Veni, Vidi, Verberavi This translates to "I came, I saw, I beat people."
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Request for a Latin phrase as motto "God is highest/supreme"

The best phrase would be Deus optimus maximus, literally “God [is] best and greatest”. Not only is the meaning right but it has an ancient lineage which makes it perfect for this use. Iuppiter ...
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How does "It's totally fucked" translate to Latin?

As Joonas said, I would use a form of the participle fututus, literally "fucked". Here's one example, from Catullus VI: Cur? Nōn tam later' ecfutūta pandās, nī tu quid faciās ineptiārum Why?...
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How to say "You can't get there from here" in Latin

Personally, I'd simplify somewhat and use an impersonal passive: hinc illuc non (per)venitur, 'There is no arriving to that place from this place.' Or, I'd use what you've done but change the verb to ...
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Is "mens semita tua" the correct translation for "mind your path"?

As Expedito Bipes says, via is probably a better word for "path" than semita in this context. I'm going to suggest a different verb: Memento viae tuae. Memento means "to mind" in ...
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How do you say "in the year of the plague" in Latin?

That's almost right, except it should be in the genitive: In anno plagae. However, as cmw pointed out, the preposition in is optional. Besides that, the word plaga is very general and can refer to a ...
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When do we add NE when asking a question?

We add -ne 1. when asking a yes-or-no question, that is to say, when we ask if a certain assertion is true or false, e.g. Videsne canem? – Do you see the dog? This is when we are asking neutrally. ...
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What is a War Like?

You're making this complicated. Let's start with: Quale est bellum? What is war like? In English you structure it differently, but Latin has the convenient interrogative and relative pronoun qualis ≈...
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What's the best way to translate "de Hercule famam acceperat"?

First I must object to this horrible story. My abduction to your overworld by Hercules was illegal, and I am still angry at Pluto for it! That said, I think your translation "heard stories about" is ...
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Translate "iconoclast" to classical Latin

Domitor (without the -um, which is unnecessary here) would be a breaker in the sense of a breaker of wild horses. It doesn't have to do with physical breaking, which is what you want. Instead, you ...
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Is "mens semita tua" the correct translation for "mind your path"?

I would translate it as: Custodi viam tuam The word semita denotes a narrow path and is probably not what you're looking for. I believe via would be a better fit, because it's often used in a more ...
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Understanding the grammar: «illis Evangelii nuntiandi praebens mandatum»

Christus Apostolos misit ... illis Evangelii nuntiandi praebens mandatum Praebens is a participle modifying Christus: "Christ sent the apostles ... giving...". All the other words you marked depend ...
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Help translating an Estee Lauder quotation to Latin

It's not even close. Of the words, only numquam is the right word. As good as Google Translate is for other languages, it's not good at all for Latin. A quick and dirty translation would go something ...
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Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum – Lucretius

It is great that you looked up so many proposed translations! The many routes taken reflect the difficulty of translating well and the necessity to choose goals for the translation. Google Translate ...
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