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elisa
Posted: Saturday, May 23, 2009 6:36:03 AM

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Many modern languages, especially the ones belonging to the Romance group, currently use some meaningful expressions of the Latin language that are preserved unchanged during the time.

For instance, the Italian language includes some Latin sayings:

- VERBA VOLANT, SCRIPTA MANENT to illustrate the value of the written communication in opposition to the oral one.

- LUPUS IN FABULA to indicate the unexpected arrival of a certain person in the same moment when you mention him/her (like the wolf in the fairytales)

- CARPE DIEM an invite to take the opportunity

- LAUREA HONORIS CAUSA expression indicating a graduation degree bestowed for special merits.

- IN VINO VERITAS expression meanings that drinking wine reveals the true nature of people.

- URBI ET ORBI the espression used by the Pope to bless the city of Rome and the entire world.

- HOMO HOMINI LUPUS an invite to "think diffident"!

- IDEM to mean "the same"

- TERZIUM NON DATUR when you can choose only between 2 options

- COGITO ERGO SUM the famous Cartesio's saying.

....And so on!

Have you got anything similar in your languages?


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SandraM
Posted: Saturday, May 23, 2009 9:19:14 AM
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Hi Elisa,
As you can imagine, in French we use a lot of Latin phrases. Most of them are used in English too.
For example:
- to maintain the status quo = maintenir le statu quo (the only difference being that the French uses the form with the attraction of the antecedent and the English language uses the form without) = maintain the situation as it is
- trouver un modus vivendi : to find a way of doing business or of living that suits everyone
- sic transit gloria mundi : everything is mortal.
We even have pages (pink coloured) especially dedicated to Latin phrases in one of the most famous French dictionaries, the Larousse, we call them "les pages roses du Larousse" because of their colour.
elisa
Posted: Saturday, May 30, 2009 5:21:07 AM

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Hi Sandra!

Pink pages for Latin...so cute!:-)) It's a nice way to refer to the Latin language!:-)
I don't think we have anything similar in Italian. I mean, some dictinaries probably have a section completely dedicated to Latin expressions, but I don't remember any particular color associated to it.

Regarding the examples that you mentioned, in Italy we have almost the same, infact we use both the espressions: "mantenere lo status quo" (to maintain the status quo) and "avere un particolare modus vivendi" (to have a particular modus vivendi).
We use also "scoprire il modus operandi" (to discover the modus operandi) especially in a criminal context when we are referring to the way that criminals perform operations and reach their goals.


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SandraM
Posted: Saturday, May 30, 2009 8:27:33 AM
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elisa wrote:

We use also "scoprire il modus operandi" (to discover the modus operandi) especially in a criminal context when we are referring to the way that criminals perform operations and reach their goals.

We have modus operandi in French too, but not especially in a criminal context like in Italian and in English.
I just thought of another:
stricto sensu = in the exact meaning (of a word).
I would be curious to learn of Latin phrases in other modern languages of the Romance group, for example.
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