24 February 2016

Latin Phrases You Might Come Across


This list might be a bit unusual, but while writing my newest book, I've come across some scenes where I thought a Latin phrase would work nicely. Of course, this in turn, made me think about Latin phrases in everyday correspondence, and .... Viola! A new blog post was born. It's not that uncommon to see Latin words or phrases in everyday communication. Wouldn't it be nice to know what they mean? Here is a small selection of Latin phrases I have come across in the past...

Ab Absurdo: The absurd
Ad Nauseum: To the point of disgust
Ad Valorem: According to value
Agenda: Things to be done
Alma Mater: bounteous mother
Alias: An assumed name
Alter Ego: Second Self
Anno: In the year
Carpe Diem: Seize the day
Caveat Emptor: Let the buyer beware
Cogito, Ergo Sum: I think. Therefore I am.
Et Cetera: And the rest
In Absentia: While Absent
In Flagrante Delicto: In the act of committing a crime
Ipso Facto: By that very fact
Mea Culpa: By my fault
Persona Non Grata: An unwelcome person
Post Mortem: After death
Pro Bono: Done without charge
Quid Pro Quo: Something for something
Terra Incognita: Unknown Land
Vox Populi: The voice of the people

Since this list is not all inclusive, feel free to add to it in the comment section! 

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  1. One I come across from time to time:

    Ex Post Facto: After the fact

    And don't forget common abbreviations:

    Etc.: Et Cetera, you included
    (The politically incorrect, but commonly used) AD: Anno Domini: In the year of our lord
    e.g.: Exempli Gratia: For the sake of example

    I could go on, but why retype the work other have already typed up?