tempus frangit

Literary Tattoos: The Sandman Neil Gaiman

This is Will’s tattoo:

This was my first tattoo, though I’ve been thinking about it for … well, a long time. The phrase comes from Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” series, from Delirium’s sundial and means “time is broken.” For me, it was always a play on having no sense of time, but realizing that memories are persistent beyond any real sense of time. I can remember what happened ten years ago better than I can what I did for lunch yesterday. I think most people are like that. Having it just above where most people wear a watch is just part of the joke.

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  1. says

    I love the Sandman books, and personally believe that the link to the books is more important than the link to correct Latin meaning & syntax, but, the pedant in me has to point out:

    Frango is a transitive verb – the active form of the verb is used for "time breaks (something)". Probably a better form of the verb for Gaiman & this tattoo would be "frangitur" – "is broken".

    But that's just the pedant in me.

    /Latin grammarnazi rantbox.

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  1. [...] What Will said about his tattoo, “This was my first tattoo, though I’ve been thinking about it for … well, a long time. The phrase comes from Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” series, from Delirium’s sundial and means “time is broken.” For me, it was always a play on having no sense of time, but realizing that memories are persistent beyond any real sense of time. I can remember what happened ten years ago better than I can what I did for lunch yesterday. I think most people are like that. Having it just above where most people wear a watch is just part of the joke.” (Source: Contrariwise Literary Tattoos) [...]

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