Thursday, April 09, 2009

Cui Bono

CUI BONO? (Latin) What good would that do me?

2009 Update: Literally, "to whose benefit?" and attributed by Cicero to Cassius. Figuratively, the phrase can be translated as "why him?" The typical answer runs "Et tu, Brute?" meaning "Why me?"

**Update: Cui senior?  I have it on good authority that the good Amoeba has a birth anniversary today.  Happy birthday, friend.

15 comments:

the amoeba said...

CUI BONO:

1. Cher's mating call.

2. The de facto motto of the State of Illinois. Inspired by the slogan that best exemplifies governance in the state's first city (Ubi Est Mea?, or "Where's Mine?"), and implemented by the late, illustrious Gov. Blagojevich.

[Tosses aside Icelandic flag, replaces it with the Hawai‘ian - muttering "I gotta get something out of staying up all night with these $)(#@$& grant reports and proposals".]

sauerkraut said...

Well played, OC. Well played.

I can do no better than OC's numero uno. Watch out for that picea!!

pia said...

Cher hasn't cui Bono'd anybody in awhile--too locked in place but that is a great retort

quilly said...

Cui Bono?

That's easy! Pro bono publico!, or to line the pocket of a politician. Whichever comes first.

Anonymous said...

happy birthday Amoeba ,good to see that Nation of Hawai'i flag...yes the struggle for indigenous rights goes on...
Peace

Tom & Icy said...

Any o' bon'll do.

Nessa said...

Cher and Sonny's long lost son.

actonbell said...

Happy birthday to the Amoeba:)

LOL, Tom--cui bono est mi bono?

Jamie Dawn said...

Happy B-day, Amoeba!!

Bono... doesn't he sing for U2?

Tom's definition is great! Oh was that Icy's?

:-)

Omnipotent Poobah said...

Cui Bono - Cher's sister-in-law.

cooper said...

A birth anniversary? Cute way to put it.Happy Birthday Amoeba, how cool the Amoeba gets a birthday on latin saying day.....

Cui Bono? Veritas vos liberabit. Or put you in jail depending....

TLP said...

Happy birthday to Amoeba!

Cui Bono: Sure I'm self-centered. And that affects me how?

Doug said...

Amoeba, I kind of figured you'd have your rainbow flag up by now. Hope it was a grand birthday, by which I mean, tol'able or better. Like you, though, Brer Blagojevich is not quite dead yet.

Sauerkraut, I see nothing to do with a picea but spruce it up.

That was a pretty fine retort, too, Pia.

There's a difference, Quilly?

Power to the first-in-line, Bear.

Cui cui, Icy.

Not so lost, Nessa.

The elbow, Actonbell?

JD, it sounded like Icy.

Suddenly, Poobah, I find myself wondering if Sonny Bono was an only child. I never thought to wonder that before now.

It's funny, Coop. You read the history of Rome and have to wonder how they knew.

TLP, no problem for any one of us, I don't think.

Ariel the Thief said...

I've never heard that trabnslation of "Et tu, Brute?" but now that you say it, wow! That's exactly what those word mean.

Hobbes said...

A belated Happy Birthday to Amoeba. After a certain age, say, 5, one may well ask of birthdays, "Cui bono?"