Amo, amas, amat, amamus, amatis, amant = I love, you (singular) love, he, she, it loves, we love you (plural) love, they love.
Izzard is conjugating the first-conjugation Latin verb "amo" (I love) in the present tense, indicative mood, active voice. It's a common exercise in Latin classes. The full conjugation of the verb "amo" can be found at
Eddie Izzard's routine can be viewed at
The "I’ve done a bit of Latin in me time, but I can control it, you know" portion of the routine is about 48 minutes in. Here's a web page with the transcript:
I’ve done a bit of Latin in me time, but I can control it, you know. I never let it get out of hand, I just… have a dealer and… he sells me Latin transcripts, and you know, “Okay…” (mimes effects of Latin) so that late at night you just feel like translating Latin for a bit, upstairs, smoking in the coats’ room. I don’t know what I’m talking about now. No, I did, I did Latin, I learnt “Amo, amas, amat, amamus, amatis, amant!,” and it comes in handy. Yes! Sometimes you’re queuing at a petrol station at 3:00A.M. in the morning, and there’s a line of murderers behind you, and you turn around and go, “Amo, amas, amat, amamus, amatis, amant!” and they go, “F**k! He knows Latin! (mimes running away) He knows a dead language! Run! Head for the hills! Head for Azerbaijan! Run down the forecourt”
· 7 years ago