The other day I watched a programme in a series called Nightmare: The Birth Of Horror*, in which Christopher Frayling looked at the creation and success of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Today on Shadowlands I noticed a reference to “Sir Christopher Professor Frayling”.
This led me to have a quick look on Wikipedia to find out more about Frayling.
Apparently, when Frayling was knighted, he
chose “PERGE SCELUS MIHI DIEM PERFICIAS” as his motto, which translates as “Proceed, varlet, and let the day be rendered perfect for my benefit”. In more modern English, the phrase would say: “Go ahead, punk, make my day”.
* This programme also taught me the word ‘bibliogenesis’ (in Frayling’s words, “birth by books”).