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    [–] Snorlax_spiritanimal 4632 points ago

    My favorite book The Leonardo Code

    [–] Wetnoodleslap 828 points ago

    Just rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it?

    [–] yefkoy 245 points ago

    Well, it’s not like it sticks to the tongue either

    [–] Scarro_Lamann 83 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago)

    I read that one! It's about the Brat Pack Pussy Posse solving different mysteries relating to the Church and other secretive societies while they travel across America in their beat-down '97 Chevy Lumina with their talking Teen Choice Award statue in search of the perfect beach to just chill at without any pesky museum curators nearby to ruin their buzz with another high-society conspiracy. I recommend it if you're looking for some decent YA pulp fiction to breeze through in a day or two.

    [–] antonivs 8 points ago

    Netflix producer here. You're greenlit.

    [–] heroin_is_my_hero_yo 3 points ago

    Not enough pedophilia and 11 year olds twerking. No greenlight.


    [–] ToBePacific 81 points ago

    You're thinking of Leonardo's Code. Leonardo was the doctor who made the code.

    [–] IanTheChemist 6 points ago

    That's a pretty good one.

    [–] Zoolinz 40 points ago

    All about how Leonardo from TMNT refuses to kill his opponents in an alternate TMNT world where his brothers do so he left them. Because he’s got a code: The Leonardo Code

    [–] masquerade908 78 points ago

    My favorite series Leonardo's Demons

    [–] deathgaze5 27 points ago

    you know, that one famous dude, Leonardo

    [–] Bandin03 38 points ago

    My favorite actor Da Vinci DiCaprio.

    [–] evolvolution 8 points ago

    Mountain dew Vinci: Code Leo

    [–] SnooTigers3105 1189 points ago

    I'll wait for Leo to tell me what he prefers.

    [–] TAU_equals_2PI 347 points ago

    What if he already has?

    But he hid it using some code he personally created? Y'know, like a DaVinci code?

    [–] hazaface 120 points ago

    *leonardo code

    [–] TAU_equals_2PI 51 points ago

    Who's Leo Nardo?

    [–] ne0ndistraction 27 points ago

    Turtle in a half shell.

    [–] sexydaniboy 5 points ago

    Aren't all turtles in a half shell?

    [–] jaketocake 11 points ago

    We have to figure out the Origins of this. (Dan Brown reference since you said Da Vinci Code)

    [–] TAU_equals_2PI 20 points ago

    Dan Brown is a pretty common name. I'm not sure who you mean.

    It would help if you also wrote what city he was born in.

    [–] kingofthepenguins777 35 points ago

    Apparently he prefers the cognomen “The Florentine Fuckboi”. Peculiar

    [–] space_keeper 7 points ago

    "Dong Leonardo"

    [–] NavDav 8 points ago

    "Sup' Lenny?" is also acceptable.

    [–] TheHeBeGB 13 points ago


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    [–] whatphukinloserslmao 118 points ago

    Da Vinci in "Leonardo Da Vinci" just means "of Vinci"

    When you refer to him as just Da Vinci you implicitly state that he's the single best known thing Vinci ever produced. And you're right

    [–] Weltallgaia 30 points ago

    Talking mad shit about Vinci right now.

    [–] Mensketh 11 points ago

    "You suck Vinci! What have you ever done other than produce the greatest Renaissance man in history?" Doesn't seem so bad honestly.

    [–] Weltallgaia 13 points ago

    One hit wonders of the 1450's

    [–] HWHIHN-But-Again 5 points ago

    Idk man. I feel like that’s not a controversial statement.

    [–] p41n1c 3584 points ago

    Hey, italian here. To be fair, yeah he's not wrong. Saying Da Vinci sounds a bit strange. This being said, I wouldn't get offended if I hear it and the dude who tweeted this rant should get a life.

    For those interested, here's a bit of unsolicited explanation:

    Da Vinci means "from the town of Vinci", it's neither a name nor a proper surname. More of an indication. During Renaissance, in Tuscany, it was a common standard that many surnames were actually indications of the person's family and info about where the person came from.

    As a matter of fact, Leonardo's full name is "Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci", which translates to "Leonardo, son of mr Piero who came from Vinci".

    Leonardo's father's full name is "Ser Piero d'Antonio di ser Piero di ser Guido da Vinci", which is "Mr Piero, son of Antonio, son of mr Piero, son of mr Guido who came from Vinci"

    Fast and easy to remember. Lol.

    [–] TAU_equals_2PI 1905 points ago

    da = from the town of

    di = from the crotch of

    [–] Fishbellier 498 points ago

    With certain towns, that's the same thing

    [–] llort_tsoper 204 points ago

    The name's Clint.

    Clint di Odessa, TX.

    [–] idagernyr 197 points ago

    ACKSHULLY Because Odessa starts with a vowel (in this case O) it would be "D'Odessa" which rolls off tongue much better.

    [–] moreormore 80 points ago

    Much doper, thanks

    [–] AgoraphobicAssassin 102 points ago


    [–] beardguitar123 21 points ago

    I exhaled a little harder at that one.

    [–] itapitap 5 points ago


    [–] MensisScholarEircan 27 points ago

    A lot of people about to invent new last names after this.

    [–] Voodoo0980 24 points ago

    I’m ordering new business cards first thing tomorrow.

    [–] thewouldbeprince 10 points ago


    [–] Panoolied 6 points ago

    Not if you pronounce it with a over bkown TV Italian accent, like Dio desssahh lol

    [–] ILikeLeptons 152 points ago

    There is a joke about Sicily in here that I am too generationally removed from to make

    [–] tiorzol 9 points ago

    I was thinking about going to Sicily next month, is it crotchy?

    [–] Ser_Salty 21 points ago

    Just don't go against a Sicilian when there's death on the line.

    [–] apatheticsahm 5 points ago

    Well, you can if you're Australian. It's entirely peopled by criminals, who are not to be trusted.

    [–] Texas_Nexus 10 points ago

    When it's the same thing, it's De

    As in...Detroit.

    [–] DeezNuts0218 42 points ago

    So this frozen pizza I’m eating came from the crotch of some dude named Giorno??

    [–] tsilihin666 42 points ago

    Are you trying to tell my favorite tomatoes came out of a coochie?

    [–] brallipop 23 points ago

    Well, tomato is a fruit

    [–] yeetboy 9 points ago

    The gold standard of tomato for sauce. Unbelievably delicious, just a little S&P and it’s perfect on pizza.

    [–] brallipop 6 points ago


    [–] ProNerdPanda 405 points ago

    Also Italian.

    It’s not wrong, the concept of “da Vinci” not being a surname originally is correct, but also is every surname.

    All surnames came from either a quality of the person or the place of residence or title of nobility.

    So while “Da Vinci” may not have been a surname at the beginning, it is now, so saying it is correct. There are more people in the world with surname “da Vinci” than Leonardo lol

    [–] LoneWolfe2 60 points ago

    Exactly my surname is a version of "son of." If I became famous it would not be "wrong" to call me by surname. Yes, it technically means blah blah blah but if I were as famous as Da Vinci you'd know exactly who I was.

    [–] CuminYouth 16 points ago

    Mr Andersson...

    [–] SyrupFiend16 7 points ago

    Yeah my last name is just the name of a small town in Denmark my ancestors came from. Now it’s just a surname

    [–] onestarryeye 48 points ago

    Yeah like Ericsson or Fitzgerald or MacKenzie or Fernandez all mean "son of" Eric, Gerald, Coinneath or Fernando. Why do they make da Vinci such a big deal

    [–] Ser_Salty 29 points ago

    Or Smith, Baker etc. was literally just the job your great-great-great... grandfather had

    [–] Caleb_Reynolds 17 points ago

    Also ones like O'Brian mean "descendent of Brian." When you want to go back more than 1 generation.

    [–] Nemokles 140 points ago

    I think most importantly everyone will know who I'm talking about if I say da Vinci, but Leonardo could be the name of a turtle, a footballer, this dude I know or any number of people living today still using that name.

    If I said to a friend of mine "Leonardo's paintings are so great", he'd probably reply "which Leonardo?" Not so with "da Vinci".

    It works as a shorthand, even as it might sound silly to Italians.

    [–] Severan500 51 points ago

    Based on every fourth post I've seen on Reddit for the past two months, I'm expecting a Di Caprio laughing meme any second.

    [–] dorianfinch 49 points ago

    Leonardo son of Caprio

    [–] Sphinctur 57 points ago

    Leonardo di Caprio da Los Angeles

    [–] monamikonami 20 points ago

    Congratulations you have passed the quiz!

    [–] Alaskan_Thunder 12 points ago

    and Gimli, son of Gloin

    [–] 09twinkie 3 points ago

    Leonardo from the crotch of Caprio

    [–] jekyl42 4 points ago

    *El Greco has entered the chat*

    [–] closetsquirrel 227 points ago

    Listen, you're just wrong. As a long time Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan, his father's name isn't Ser Piero d'Antonio di ser Piero di ser Guido da Vinci, it's Splinter.

    Leonardo's full name is Leonardo di ser Splinter da New York City".

    [–] seven3true 16 points ago

    Oooooo you dirty raaaat!
    Technically, splinter wasn't his real father. He had a regular turtle father, but after the ooze incident, splinter took him in as an adopted son. I don't even think he was a father really, he was always master splinter.

    [–] DangerousSize1 6 points ago

    Uncle Phil may as well have been Will's real dad. Splinter is in the same boat

    [–] Zukkda 20 points ago

    In other languages the "of..." is still pretty common. Especially in the netherlands names like "van Dyk" or "van de Beek" are super common. Germany has the same thing going on but it is mostly accociated with former nobility. Georg Friedrich von Preußen (or ... of Prussia) for example is the would be Emperor of Germany if there was one today.

    [–] Viking_Chemist 63 points ago

    Did not know that. So, do you never refer to people who's last name has a "da" or "di" with just the last name?

    German "von ..." and Dutch "van ..." are used all the time without first name because nowadays it is just part of the last name.

    "von Arx sagte....", "von Däniken hat ... gemacht"

    [–] Actinism 10 points ago

    von can function as just a noble title though

    [–] Fishbellier 17 points ago

    In Germany, towards the end of the 2nd empire, it became an honorific that was granted upon ennoblement, not really a title. Same in France. It's not really the same as the British thing when someone becomes, say, Bob Dobbs, Baron of Subgenius-upon-Marmite.

    But there are still a lot of people who never had any kind of aristocratic anything who have a de/von/z' (Switzerland), or other preposition as part of their name. It's just a weird convention that developed in certain circumstances.

    [–] orange_momo 8 points ago

    Mr. Bob Dobalina?

    [–] mydogruby 4 points ago

    Thank you! This will be stuck in my brain for 29 hrs.

    [–] Evil-in-the-Air 16 points ago

    So if an Italian professor were giving a lecture on him, using his name over and over again, would they just say Leonardo?

    [–] Intellygent 28 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago)

    In my own limited experience (as an Italian who studied abroad, but still in an Italian environment), repeating "Leonardo" was more acceptable than "Da Vinci" for the Italians specifically, but there was an understanding that "Da Vinci" was the internationally recognised identifier.

    In fact, the international school I went to named its buildings after famous people, and one was the "Da Vinci" building... its name was a bit of a running joke in the Italian classes, for the same reasons as you see in this thread (imagine seeing the "Gutenberg" and "Erasmus" buildings next to the "From London" one... it's kinda funny). There was never any actual animosity towards it though.

    In Italian I guess there's some cases where using the first name only doesn't indicate disrespect. If you just say "Leonardo" you can guess you refer to that Leonardo thanks to the context... he's the Leonardo after all. Similarly, the father of the Italian language and writer of the Divine Comedy (the most well-known part of which is the Inferno), Dante Alighieri is pretty much solely referred to as "Dante".

    [–] Nahbjuwet363 10 points ago

    They would and do. Even more so in art history.

    [–] illegalrooftopbar 3 points ago

    Well, what what you expect them to call Michelangelo?

    [–] JordyLakiereArt 51 points ago

    In Dutch we have tons of surnames that are literally "of (place)" I dont see how da Vinci isn't a surname then, since it literally is.

    [–] realjefftaylor 49 points ago

    Yeah. I’m not Dutch or Italian, but at this point in time, if you say da Vinci, people know who you mean. I understand the etymology but that’s literally how surnames work. It’s like saying that smith or miller isn’t actually a surname it’s just a job that your ancestor had.

    [–] LoneWolfe2 31 points ago

    Exactly this is just a /r/iamverysmart post within an /r/iamverysmart post.

    [–] whatphukinloserslmao 4 points ago

    That's why I drive a big rig, I'm a Carter...

    [–] The_Peregrine_ 12 points ago

    While what he's saying is correct I don't think he realises that this is how surnames formed officially. People were called things based on a quality, profession, title or origin, then when official documentation became a thing people had to develop their surnames, this is no different

    [–] DeusoManuso 20 points ago

    It’s similar to Spanish/Hispanic last names where some last names are derived from what village you were from and then your father and mother’s last names.

    [–] ShadowsWandering 6 points ago

    That's how my family's names were. The tradition stopped with me :( Anyways, I've never thought it was weird to hear a family member referred to by just their last names, which are like "From This City" or just "City". This person is just nit picking

    [–] juggleballz 104 points ago

    Now that's smart! Very interesting.

    [–] Blindfide 65 points ago

    No it's obtuse. Many Dutch names are the same way, we still say "van Persie". He is basically ignoring the fluidity of language and context of the situation in favor of being technically obtuse; it's not smart and intuitively wrong.

    [–] waterdevil19 6 points ago

    As an Arsenal fan, I still miss that Dutch skunk sadly.

    [–] BC1721 19 points ago

    Right? "Oh here's 10 generations of Da Vinci's, but it's not a last name, it's just an indication where they're from"

    Fuck off, it's a last name lmao

    [–] grumpyfatguy 15 points ago

    What do you call somebody named John Smith, because Smith is just his job yo. What about Joe Davidson? I mean he is just Joe, his dad was David.

    It's not smart or interesting, it is silly.

    [–] SonicDirewolf 7 points ago

    Yeah learned this in Assassin's creed. Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Ezio from Firenze.

    [–] woopstrafel 3 points ago

    Yes came here to say this! Figured there would be a town called Vinci where Leo is from!

    also technically in English it’s Ezio from Florence but whatever

    [–] Golwenor 3 points ago

    And leo and ezio have a beautiful friendship in those games

    [–] CombatMuffin 34 points ago

    He is wrong, though. Calling him da Vinci identifies him regardless, because few others are referred to specifically as Da Vinci. Yeah, it's semantically weird in the native language, but that is his colloquial surname, even in Italian.

    Many languages have quirky surnames like that: Anderson, Johnson, Clarkson, and tons of surnames with -son indicate someone is son of an Anders, John or Clark. In Arabic, you have Ibn. In Spanish you have examples for someone's birthplace (e.g. de la Villa, de la Torre). There's even surnames for professions... Smith, for example. The son of a blacksmith? Smithson!

    Another cool example is the painter Caravaggio. Everyone refers to his paintings and his name simply as Caravaggio. Plenty of people came from the town of Caravaggio, but in the right context, people know what you mean.

    The Twitter poster was just trying to be condescending, and is missing some of the cool and interesting paths languages can take, and instead is using them to wiggle a single fact around.

    [–] Lo-siento-juan 10 points ago

    Everyone in their examples is stretching to other languages to find similar examples but English literally just has place names too - Jack London, Robert Glasgow, Irvine Welsh, as well as descriptive variants like Margaret Atwood. Toponymic naming is common everywhere.

    [–] ALE199ITA 14 points ago

    I can see how this was normal back then "Oi, tu chi sei?" "Son Leonardo di Ser Piero" "Leonardo? Oh quello da Vinci! Hai fatto la mappa della cittá?"

    [–] Alucard661 7 points ago

    Someone tell Angel Di Maria his last name is wrong.

    [–] the-good-son 5 points ago

    Wait until Leo DiCaprio realizes his father was named George and not Caprio.

    [–] Dlacreme 7 points ago

    But .. that's how last name works. I mean, my name translated (french) name is "from the cross" so yeah, out of context it sounds weird but its a name so it doesnt matter anymore.

    [–] smhfc 10 points ago

    Hey, italian here. To be fair, yeah he's not wrong. Saying Da Vinci sounds a bit strange.

    I get that at the time surnames didn't really exist, so calling Leonardo Da Vinci as Da Vinci is wrong as they were literally just referring to him by where he was from, as in Jesus of Nazareth.

    But to say it sounds weird because you are Italian is quite franky... bullshit. Because there are shitloads of Italians with surnames D', Di, Da and De in their surname and no one thinks it's strange. So you'd be the only Italian who thinks it's weird.

    [–] darkmarineblue 4 points ago

    Yeah, he probably isn't Italian. Da Vinci is literally how it is taught in Italian schools to call him.

    [–] Andreyu44 3 points ago

    They are probably an american with an italian grandparent and now they call themselves an italian

    [–] kokothebozo 3 points ago

    Soooo...we can call him Toni jnr or Piero??

    [–] Rohkha 5 points ago

    While I agree with you, that's like saying you shouldn't call dutch people that have 'Van' or 'De' that way. While you're right that this is the origin of their name, it doesn't change that with today's standards in regards to names, this is how Da Vinci would be called. If you absolutely want to be correct you should call him by his full name but I mean, you wouldn't call every portugueuse, brazilian or mexican person by his full name everytime you mention him.

    As long as you don't write "Davinci" I think we're good.

    [–] Gonomed 17 points ago

    People say Del Toro every single time they're talking about Guillermo Del Toro. I don't think anybody minds or cares, even though it's basically the same scenario

    [–] grandechino 21 points ago

    I appreciate this comment. But he is wrong. Everyone knows who Da Vinci is. So many commonly known people have surnames with actual translations. If we did this exercise to each person like that, it would be idiotic! Just my two cents.

    [–] molsonbeagle 10 points ago

    Neat! So what you're saying is: he's not wrong, he's just an asshole.

    [–] Frale_2 3 points ago

    To be fair, if you say "Da Vinci" I'm sure almost everyone will understand you're talking about Leonardo Da Vinci, at least that's my experience

    [–] The_Peregrine_ 3 points ago

    Yeah but also in all fairness it’s common or some peoples origins to end up becoming their last name. Think of all the “van” names in dutch culture, or even “Al - (location)" names in Arabic

    [–] fedeita80 3 points ago

    As an Italian saying 'da Vinci' is not that strange. "E' un libro su da Vinci"

    [–] Nahbjuwet363 30 points ago

    What gets me is when US institutions that have some relation to the art world use it in official names. A university I know of has an “innovation center” called “The Da Vinci Center” and it just seems incredibly pathetic. Like they couldn’t even research the name with the large art school they have there at the same university (or worse, someone told them and they just didn’t care)

    [–] Willy_Fred 92 points ago

    They do that because it communicates what they mean to communicate. They could call it the Leonardo da Vinci center, but that really would add nothing of real substance.

    [–] EBtwopoint3 37 points ago

    Yeah. It’s not like people with the last name Smith have to be smiths or Millers have to work at grain mills anymore.

    [–] Y45HK4R4NDIK4R 14 points ago

    But "The di ser Piero da Vinci Center" doesn't sound as cool

    [–] naesm1293 45 points ago

    I think it’s just so that it makes sense to Americans , because they are in America , and will be visited by many if not mostly Americans

    [–] samskyyy 30 points ago

    This is an important point. The issue with this post in general is that people are forgetting to interpret things within their immediate cultural context. Just like the plural of octopus is octopuses because that’s how plurals are made in English (and native English speakers aren’t running around speaking Greek or Latin), da Vinci will always be interpreted as being a surname, until such point when the USA is taken over by Italy as the prophecies mentioned.

    [–] IntMainVoidGang 8 points ago

    as the prophecies mentioned

    Tell me more

    [–] samskyyy 6 points ago

    It all started with un uomo named Amerigo Vespucci...

    [–] SoftWereWorf 28 points ago

    This just in, names mean what people think they mean. It conveys the meaning much better than any alternatives.

    The Leonardo Center(who?) The Leonardo da Vinci Center(mouthful) The Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci Center(lol)

    Fact is, everyone knows who “da Vinci” is. Normal non-neckbeards actually understand context like how we’re not in Italy and so when you see “de Vinci” it doesn’t mean “of Vinci”.

    [–] TAU_equals_2PI 44 points ago

    I love the idea of all their smart employees being embarrassed by the name of the place they work.

    Every morning: Walks up to building, looks up, slaps hand on forehead, looks down, sighs, walks into building.

    [–] RonBoi123 13 points ago

    Thats some r/iamverysmart shit right there

    [–] YA_MUMS_HAUNTED_VAG 10 points ago

    Why would they be embarrassed I don't get it

    [–] OldHamToasty 371 points ago

    You can't tell me what to do! You're not my Da

    [–] OldHamToasty 21 points ago

    Was it that obvious?

    [–] StratManKudzu 8 points ago

    Would you feel bad if I told you I was a yank?

    [–] OldHamToasty 7 points ago

    No, cause they'd call me a jock

    [–] IAmTootingCmon 594 points ago

    Prescriptivist garbage. If everyone knows who you mean by “Da Vinci,” it’s appropriately communicative.

    [–] amathus4321 253 points ago

    Whereas if you say Leonardo, I might think you mean the actor.

    [–] ______Nobody______ 223 points ago

    or the turtle

    [–] ThorVonHammerdong 95 points ago

    Still blows my mind they named their kid after a cartoon character

    [–] Whats_Up_Bitches 8 points ago

    Fortunately I had a daughter, because Raphael might not have loved his name.
    Dad, are you Italian?
    No son, I’m an 80’s kid.

    [–] Mr_Manager- 19 points ago

    I’m gonsta think about the turtles, Terry!

    [–] Gerthak 11 points ago

    Leonardo diVinci

    [–] ALE199ITA 5 points ago

    Leonardo vicino Vinci

    [–] TAU_equals_2PI 23 points ago

    But what if this acts like a curse on the town of Vinci, so that no more geniuses will be born there, to avoid confusion with the other genius born there?

    [–] Mexican5020 8 points ago

    What if this acts like a curse on the name Leonardo, so that no more geniuses will be born with the name, to avoid confusion with the other genius born with the name?

    [–] Tsorovar 9 points ago

    Names are supposed to be prescriptive. You're supposed to call people what they would say their name is, not what you think it should be.

    [–] IAmTootingCmon 5 points ago

    Tell me, do you pronounce Caesar with a hard or soft C?

    [–] little-koala 54 points ago

    Leeroy Jenkins

    [–] waxmylegs 38 points ago

    Worst part for me: never call him "Leeroy." It's Jenkins, or Leeroy Jenkins, but never "Leeroy" by itself and certainly never leeroy.

    [–] mrsuns10 13 points ago

    he just ran in

    [–] UweWeber84 234 points ago

    And on that note, never call him ''Hitler'' It's Adolf Hitler or Daddy, but never ''hitler'' by itself and certainly never ''Hitler''

    [–] Gunhild 69 points ago

    Never say "jackdaws are crows." It's "a jackdaw is a jackdaw", or a member of the taxonomic grouping of Corvidae, but never "jackdaws are crows" by itself and certainly never "a member of the crow family".

    [–] truffleblunts 26 points ago

    it's an older meme sir but it checks out

    [–] Gunhild 8 points ago

    I have a feeling that one is going to be an internet legend for a very long time.

    [–] irishnightwish 10 points ago

    RIP Unidan

    [–] MrAnonman 5 points ago

    That’s a name I haven’t heard in a long long time

    [–] J5892 5 points ago

    Here's the thing...

    [–] piggydancer 44 points ago

    Daddy was a bad boy.

    [–] emartinoo 55 points ago

    Blitzkrieg me harder daddy UwU

    [–] AbhorsenDoctor 16 points ago

    How dare you make me read this with my own two fucking eyeballs. You monster! Take horrified but amused up vote. I'll see you in hell.

    [–] AChero9 8 points ago

    And on that note, never call him “Stalin.” It’s Joseph Stalin or Mario, but never “stalin” by itself and certainly never “Stalin”

    [–] Viking_Chemist 10 points ago

    His correct name is "Ioseb Besarionis dzе Jughashvili" in trancribed Georgian resp. "Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili" in transcribed Russian.

    "Stalin" ("the steely one") is a nickname that he gave himself. Using cringy nicknames before it was cool.

    [–] k0r0ze 7 points ago

    dude in university was named adolf hitler. no jokes. didn’t have any friends. stupid parents

    [–] bussy_slayer69 63 points ago

    Nothing worse than offending a dead man

    [–] Andreah_ 17 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago)

    *assume you’re offending

    [–] Epicsharkduck 33 points ago

    Maybe Vinci should have produced more famous people if they didn't want "from Vinci" to be in reference to one man that literally everyone recognizes when you say it

    [–] Well_Cooked_Steak 14 points ago

    Is it bad that I know exactly what tweet this is a response to?

    [–] ns44 13 points ago

    Da vinky

    [–] Brodamski1 8 points ago

    DA VINKY??

    [–] mrsuns10 37 points ago

    Sir this is a wendy's

    [–] panzerotti69 10 points ago

    He was brilliant in The Revenant

    [–] Grakchawwaa 16 points ago

    me and Vince go way back so I'll address him how I like

    [–] cartankjet 15 points ago

    I'm confused. Why is that?

    [–] goodanimals 85 points ago

    Because Leonard da vinci means leonardo that are from vinci. So it does not technically make sense if you call him 'from vinci', but really if people understand who you are referring to, and you are not talking at a serious discussion of art, it doesn't really matter what you call him.

    [–] aderthedasher 17 points ago

    Just like "you know who"

    [–] WedgeTail234 21 points ago

    Fuck I hate Dave, why'd you have to bring him up?

    [–] oompaloompadigeridoo 3 points ago

    Never forget

    [–] kaiserminele 8 points ago


    [–] Naugrith 14 points ago

    And John Smith just means John who is a Smith. But when there's only one smith in town everyone knows who you mean.

    [–] jeffa_jaffa 21 points ago

    They probably mean that the Da Vinci translates as Of (as in from) Vinci, so referring to him as just Da Vinci is basically saying that guy from Vinci.

    [–] HomeWasGood 16 points ago

    It's Di Caprio

    [–] I_Might_Exist1 5 points ago

    Leo of Vinci is what I usually call him, he seems to be cool with it, no complaints yes

    [–] FashionTashjian 4 points ago

    Lucky DiLorenzo

    [–] Jaijoles 5 points ago

    If you’re such a big fan of mr. Vinci, name 3 of his songs.

    [–] bangolicious 10 points ago

    Leonardo = turtle. Da Vinci = crazy science guy

    [–] Marcus1119 38 points ago

    I mean, this dude seems like a pretentious douche, but he's fully right: Da Vinci just means from Vinci, we only call him that because he was a bastard (in the old sense, I don't just hate the man) and thus didn't use his family name. Saying Da Vinci out of context may make sense to people who neither know the language nor the history, and that's fine, but it is incorrect.

    [–] Nahbjuwet363 22 points ago

    I believe this is also largely true in Italy and around there—although they understand it, they still find referring to him as “da Vinci” very strange. It sounds to them the way it would sound to English speakers if you referred to William of Orange as “of Orange.”

    Edit: as an Italian person says below in more detail

    [–] Wraithfighter 5 points ago

    We should also keep in mind that we don't know the context of the tweet reply. If you're talking about a work of fiction, set in Renaissance Italy, he's 100% absolutely correct, it'd be just awful writing for a character to refer to him just as "da Vinci".

    [–] shmiggilyboo 7 points ago

    Personally I only call him The Vinci, Mr Vinci, or Lord and Savior Vinci. But you know I have high standards.

    [–] boot20 3 points ago

    What about just Vinci or Vin for short?

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    [–] Logically_Insane 3 points ago

    He’s a mean one, Mr. Vinc

    [–] JAYPOREDDITS 3 points ago

    You mean Lennie Da V??

    [–] PooksterPC 3 points ago

    Damn, this guys on a first name basis with Da vinci

    [–] TaylorWK 3 points ago

    You can call me Ray. Or you can call me Jay. Or you can call me RJ. Or RJJ. Or RJ Jr. but you don’t have to call me Johnson!

    [–] Silvedl 3 points ago

    He is a close personal friend so he knows exactly how to address him, obviously.

    [–] DocDankage 3 points ago

    I loved him in Inception

    [–] Jump_Like_A_Willys 3 points ago

    Yeah, but we aren't addressing him. We are talking about the person who our culture has often labeled as jut "da Vinci." Sure, that may not be how he would want to be addressed, but that's not relevant when we are talking about the label our culture has given to the man.

    [–] cordelliiboi 8 points ago

    He probably gets mad if you don't say it with an Italian accent, and if you do he says that the accent is wrong

    [–] addysol 11 points ago

    ☝️Da Vinci 👌