Latin Phrases, etc.

January 9, 2012 by edotgdot

Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam
Latin, though considered a dead language, has had and continues to have a significant impact on English as it is used in the creation of many words. What’s more, we find several Latin words or sayings interspersed throughout our speech and written materials; this is not limited to reference lists and legal works. Often we speak, write, or read Latin without giving it a second thought. In magazines and newspapers, for example, journalists use “sic.” to show that an error has been purposely replicated in a direct quotation. And, we all have been called in for the “ad hoc” meeting at the office. You see, Latin still lives and some of the phrases are downright cool and insightful. (Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam means “I will either find a way or make one”). So for today’s lesson in exploring all that is language, why don’t we brush up on our Latin by reviewing the short list that I have compiled here? Carpe diem!

ad hoc   for this special purpose

ad infinitum   without limit

ad nauseam  to a disgusting extent

ad valorem  according to value

addenda  things to be added

advocatus diaboli  devil’s advocate

ars gratia artis   art for art’s sake

bona fide  genuine, sincere

circa (abbreviated c. and followed by a date) about

cor unum   one heart

delectatio morosa   peevish delight

deus ex machina  a contrived event that resolves a problem at the last moment

dictum meum pactum   my word is my bond

et alii (et al.)  and others

et cetera (etc.)   and so on

exempli gratia (e.g.)   for example

fiat   let it be done

ibidem (ibid. )   in the same place

in deo speramus   in God we trust

in extenso   at full length

in memoriam   in memory

in situ   in its original situation

in vino veritas   in wine there is truth

ipso facto  by that very fact

magna cum laude   with great honor or academic distinction

magnum opus   great work

mea culpa   by my fault

modus operandi   the manner of working

non sequitur  it does not follow

pax intrantibus  peace to those who enter

per omnia saecula saeculorum   for ever and ever

pro bono   done without charge in the public interest

pro forma   for the sake of form

quantum in me fuit   I have done my best

quid pro quo   something for something

sic.   thus (used in quotations to indicate that an error has been deliberately reproduced)

silentium est aureum   silence is golden

ine qua non   an indispensable condition

status quo   the existing condition

supra   above or on an earlier page

tempus fugit   time flies

ultra vires  beyond the power

vice versa   the order being reversed

virgo intacta   virgin

vox populi  voice of the people

References: Compendium of Good Writing, N.E. Renton

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