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Zodiac signs meanings

 
There is a little bit of Latin to be learned from the names of the Zodiac signs. More importantly, one should not always rely upon these names as a source of meaning for the corresponding words. This goes especially for Sagittarius, Capricord and Aquarius. The traditional translations of these names is more relevant to the depictions of these constellations, rather than to the Latin words and their meanings.

1. Aries (The Ram) - a ram, a battering ram
2. Taurus (The Bull) - a bull, ox
3. Gemini (The Twins) - plural of 'geminus' 'born at the same time', twin, double, similar
4. Cancer (The Crab) -a crab, the South (because this sign of the Zodiac is found at the time of the summer solstice), cancer
5. Leo (The Lion) - a lion
6. Virgo (The Virgin) - a maid, a virgin, a young woman or girl, something pure
7. Libra (The Scale) - a pair of scales, a measure, the Roman pound, balance
8. Scorpio (The Scorpion) - a scorpion
9. Sagittarius (The Centaur) - an archer, a bowman
10. Capricorn (The Sea-goat) - caper-cornu; cf. in Gr. aigokereus, having goat's horns
11. Aquarius (The Pitcher) - relating to water, a water carrier
12. Pisces (The Fish) - plural of 'piscis' 'fish'

More Latin car company names

 
Previously I wrote about Volvo:

http://www.inrebus.com/index.php?entry= ... 118-000634

The funny thing is that company names are so recognizable as such that it takes a special effort to notice their Latin roots. I trust these little snippets of corporate Latin may be useful for teaching Latin. Something along the lines of "see, children, how important Latin is? If you ever start a car company you will need a logo, so you better know your Latin."

Audi - "Hear!".
Fiat - "Let it be!" This one is, of course, reminiscent of Genesis 1.3: Dixitque Deus fiat lux et facta est lux.
Infiniti - Nominal Plural of "infinitus" 'boundless, endless, unlimited'. Technically, this can also be Genetive Sing., but that would not make much sense.
Lotus - "Lotus". This common plant name also means 'washed, clean' and in some cases may be taken to mean 'fashionable, luxurious, fine etc'.
Volvo - "I roll".

See also: Business Names: Never Boring!
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Nostalgia - etymology

 
Tuesday, January 8, 2008, 14:18 - Etymology and word roots, Ancient Greek Language, Latin Derivatives, Roots, Word Origins
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Seriously, where do these people get there etymologies from?

To make this quotation more understandable let me remind you that the word nostalgia is comprised of the Latin words nostos (home) and algia (fervent desire, longing).

http://www.hetq.am/eng/society/7447/

Ok, they got the 'algeo' part somewhat right. The verb means 'feel pain, to be sick, to be sorrowful'. But it's Greek, not Latin!

'Nostos' means (in Greek, mind you) 'a return' or, sometimes, 'a journey'.

Apparently, as long as you get the meaning of the whole thing right it does not matter what meanings you ascribe to different parts of the word or what language you claim these parts to derive from.

The Latin origin of "Celebrity" - another media gaffe

 
The word celebrity itself comes from the Latin word celebritatem' meaning, literally, condition of being famous.' Which means that people just have to recognise you for you to be a celebrity. The irony of course being that most celebrities strive for years to be famous, then wear dark glasses to avoid being recognised and moan constantly about actually being famous.

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/506913-t ... rity?ln=en


Two points here. First of all, why is the Accusative Singular taken as the word from which English 'celebrity' comes from? Second, 'celebritas' literally means 'a multitude', 'a crowd', and the word itself stems from the verb 'celebro' - 'to go to a place often'.

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