Latin Quotes, Sayings, Tattoos, Phrases & Mottos

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The majority of texts and materials on this site have something to do with the Latin language, including its perception and use in popular culture (Latin quotes, tattoos, mottos, engravings, inscriptions etc). Among the highlights are a free Latin Dictionary Assistant (a Windows interface for W. Whitaker's "Latin Words"), Latin Love poems, a Latin Motto Generator, Latin quotes & phrases, Antique engraved rings, and Legal Latin phrases, quotes & writs. Enjoy!


Triple, Quarduple, Quintuple... What else? Latin numerals in English.

 
Saturday, April 23, 2011, 15:24 - Latin Derivatives, Roots, Word Origins
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Fun with numbers and with Latin at the same time? Perhaps...
For everyone's convenience, a list of "uple" derivatives:

The Uple List

Toyota Prius goes plural and goes wrong?

 
Saturday, February 12, 2011, 13:53 - Bad Latin Quote Alerts, Latin Language
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Toyota has people voting on the plural form of Prius.

The options include prius, priuses, prii, prium and prien. Sic!, Sic! and Sic!

Oddly, the actual correct Latin masc. and fem. plural for prius - priores is not even in the running!

Shouldn't corporate hijacking of Latin grammar cause some sort of public outrage?

"Spartacus: Blood and Sand" - word of caution regarding the "Fugitivus" tattoo

 
Saturday, January 29, 2011, 12:11 - Latin Language, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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According to the makers of the Starz series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" they employ two historical consultants. Perhaps one of them should have noticed that the tattoo gracing the forehead of the gladiator named Kerza is quite anachronistic. "Fugitivus" is indeed a Latin word for "runaway". Sadly though, the distinction between V and U would have seemed very strange to Romans. The two letters that we all know and love were used in Ancient Rome interchangeably and were never distinguished.Using V for a consonant and U for a vowel is a practice that only began in earnest during Renaissance times. (Wikipedia cites 1386 as the first occurrence, in a Gothic alphabet). As a result the correct way of spelling Fugitivus on poor Kerza's bold forehead would have been FVGITIVVS or FUGITIUUS. Folks, be advised as you decide to adorn your own foreheads with this one-word movie quote!

Three words in Latin!

 
Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 14:45 - Latin Language
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Just a reminder, folks. Given the recent popularity of three word descriptions (threewords.me, anyone?), keep in mind that you can easily come up with Latin tripartite phrases, even if you don't know Latin:

Latin motto generator

By the way, in classical rhetorics three word descriptions are properly called hendiatris.

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