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      • Latin phrases
        I started working on a page of Latin mottos, phrases and quotations in popular use. After correcting a ton of errors many still remain, I am sure. I will keep adding more phrases there. Fortunately, I have a lot of sources for this kind of thing.

      • Per aspera ad astra
        Per aspera ad astra (sometimes 'per ardua ad astra' etc.) - Through hardships to the stars. I wonder how this motto has been overlooked by UFO enthusiasts. Really, what possible use would anyone prior to the 20th century have for a phrase so vividly referring to space exploration? Did Virg

      • More Latin Witchcraft - a Latin magic spell (funny stuff)
        I saw this amusing snippet of "Latin" in a few places online:

        Imperiequeritis, tria pendent corpora ramis dis meus et gestas in media et divina potestas dimeas clanator sed jetas as astra levarut.

        This phrase is actually a magic spell, supposed to alleviate pain and s

      • Lex non favet delicatorum votis
        That's right. The law does not favor the wishes of the dainty.
        Due to the unusually high interest to this maxim, I will provide a little extra explanation from E.H. Jackson's "Law Latin":

        Lex non favet delicatorum votis

        An action does not lie because of

      • Harvard's motto and the limits of knowledge

        The truth (don't know what to say about the status of the pun here) lies in the fact that originally the third book was actually facing the other way. The A in TAS therefore appeared on the spine of the book. This design was supposed to represent the belief that truth is never known

      • Witchcraft and Latin

      • Rosetta Stone Latin - a software review

        This post is going to be a fairly long one, since I have always been fascinated with new ways of language learning, and Rosetta Stone truly is something special. I am expanding a review that I had written previously.

        The challenge

        If someone wanted to come up with a

      • "A room without books is like a body without a soul"
        Found a true treasure trove of pseudo-Cicero-inspired merchandise:

        Once again, Cicero is not directly responsible for this quote.

        The fact is that the saying itself is not that bad. It's just sad that we cannot attrib

      • Cicero on books
        At one time used to include refrigerator magnets in shipments to customers, bearing a quote attributed to Cicero: A room without books is like a body without a soul. Coffee mugs, bookmarks, cards and other items with this quote also reportedly exist. Occasionally, this adage is attribute

      • Latin on TV?
        1. I greatly enjoyed HBO's Rome.

        2. Out of all different language learning courses I am most fond of "French in Action".

        3. Apply the content of 1 and the principles of 2 and you will get one absolutely awesome TV course.

        4. Too bad, that this will nev

      • Computer vocabulary
        A compilation of some Latin renditions for some computer terms. The source is unknown to me, but I will keep it as a reference.

      • A legal loophole?
        Here is a legal maxim:

        Qui peccat ebrius, luat sobrius - He who does wrong when drunk must be punished when sober. (

        Does this mean that someone upon committing a crime (DUI even?) can escape the terrible blow of justice being administer

      • Chinon Parchment to be published?
        It appears as if the Vatican wants to publish the Chinon Parchment at about $8K a copy. Sadly, this is out of my price range. I am guessing, it's for collectors only.

      • Latin word of the day -- RSS feed
        Added RSS feed to Latin word of the day:

        There is also a little JavaScript snippet that allows one to paste the feed without using a reader.

      • Latin Word of the Day
        Added Latin Word of the Day. This should probably be turned into an RSS feed, but I just don't quite feel like dealing with it now.

      • New pattern for the Latin Motto Generator
        Added another pattern to the Latin Motto Generator:

        There are a few other patterns I am considering, but it is difficult to create something that would work with a lot of different words while staying in the realm of plausible mean

      • Law maxims
        Added a list of Latin legal maxims. Still working on it, but it's already a pretty good looking collection. The ability of Latin to state the obvious with force and conviction is unmatched. Horace knew it well :)

      • Vindolanda Tablets

        If this joke must be explained, too bad!
        The real Vindolanda tablets, an amazing collection of Roman writings can be found here:

      • Lorem Ipsum
        As it seems, a lot of people coming to this page are interested in the Latin Motto Generator, but what they really want is a Lorem Ipsum generator! I had to make one: