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Breves VI


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Fons et origo
The source and origin
Verveces tui similes pro ientaculo mihi appositi sunt
I have jerks like you for breakfast
Tabula rasa
A clean slate. Person that knows nothing
A thing to be added
Tuis pugis pignore!
You bet your bippy!
Vestigia terrent
The footprints frighten me. (Horace)
Scito te ipsum
Know yourself
Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur
The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived!
In rem
Against the matter (property)
Amor animi arbitrio sumitur, non ponitur
We choose to love, we do not choose to cease loving. (Syrus)
Pater patriae
Father of the country
Purgamentum init, exit purgamentum
Garbage in, garbage out
Mater dolorosa
Sorrowful mother. (Virgin Mary)
Quot homines, tot sententiae
As many men, so as many opinions
Infra dignitatem (dig.)
Undignified; beneath one's dignity
Ever upward
Est autem fides credere quod nondum vides; cuius fidei merces est videre quod credis
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. (St. Augustine)
Honoris causa (h.c.)
As in doctorate, an honorary degree
Vinculum unitatis
The bond of unity
Curae leves loquuntur ingentes stupent
Slight griefs talk, great ones are speechless. (minor losses can be talked away, profound ones strike us dumb)
Ad eundem
Of admission to the same degree at a different university
Panem et circenses
Bread and circuses. Food and games to keep people happy. (Juvenalis)
Custos morum
Guardian of morals
Non ignara mals, miseris svccvrrere disco
No stranger to misfortune [myself] I learn to relieve the sufferings [of others
Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus
Mountains will be in labour, and an absurd mouse will be born. (all that work and nothing to show for it)
A priori
from what comes before
In esse
In existence
Huc accedit zambonis!
Here comes the Zamboni!
Credo ut intelligam
I believe in order that I may understand. (St. Augustine)
Horribile dictu
Horrible to tell
Quam se ipse amans
sine rivali!
Ipsissima verba
the exact words
Utinam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant!
May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy!
Ave atque vale
Hail and farewell. (Catullus)
Volente Deo
God willing
Bibere venenum in auro
Drink poison from a cup of gold
In loco parentis
In the place of a parent
Ave maria
Hail Mary
Eventus stultorum magister
Events are the teacher of the stupid persons. Stupid people learn by experience, bright people calculate what to do
Amor ordinem nescit
Love does not know order. (St. Jerome)
Morituri te salutant
Those who are about to die salute you
Qvi fvgiebat rvrsvs proeliabitvr
He who has fled will do battle once more. He who fights and runs away may live to fight another day
Qvod cito acqviritvr cito perit
[that] which is quickly acquired [is] quickly lost. Eeasy come, easy go
Graviora manent
greater dangers await
Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat
It's not the heat, it's the humidity
A bene placito
At one's pleasure
Svi generis
Of its own kind unique
Hic habitat felicitas
Here dwells happiness
Propino fibi salutem!
Nvnc pro tvnc
Now for then retroactive
Deo volente
God willing
Carpe Cerevisi
Seize the beer!
Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum
So potent was religion in persuading to evil deeds. (Lucretius)
Circa (C.)
Dum excusare credis, accusas
When you believe you are excusing yourself, you are accusing yourself. (St. Jerome)
Ascendo tuum
Up yours
Locus in quo
The place in which something happens
Motu proprio
Of one's own initiative
Qvid novi?
What's new? 'What's up?'
Per fas et nefas
Through right or wrong
Acta non verba
Action not words
Ex abundancia cordis, os loquitor
From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks
Ex uno disce omnes
From one person learn all persons. (From one we can judge the rest)
Ante bellum
Before the war
Spiritus lenis
Smooth breathing
Poeta nascitur, non fit
The poet is born, not made
Heu! Tintinnuntius meus sonat!
Darn! There goes my beeper!
Primum mobile
Prime mover
Have mercy
Sine loco (Sl)
Without place
Malum prohibitum
A prohibited wrong. A crime that society decides is wrong for some reason, not inherently evil
Confer (Cf.)
Roma locuta est. Causa finita est
Rome has spoken. The cause is finished
Gladiator in arena consilium capit
The gladiator is formulating his plan in the arena (i.e., too late) (Seneca)
De gustibus non est disputandum
There's no accounting for taste
Non est ad astra mollis e terris via
There is no easy way from the earth to the stars. (Seneca)
Pede poena claudo
Punishment comes limping. Retribution comes slowly, but surely. (Horace)
Permission for a temporary absence
Ab asino lanam
Wool from an ass, blood from a stone impossible
Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt
They change the sky, not their soul, who run across the sea. (Horace)
Domus dulcis domus
(home) Sweet home
Praetio prudentia praestat
Prudence supplies a reward
Per se
By or in itself
Probatum est
It has been proved
Subucula tua apparet
Your slip is showing
Suos cuique mos
Everyone has his customs. (Gellius)
Non liquet
It is not clear
Stabat Mater
The mother was standing
Rara avis
A rare bird, i.e. An extraodinary or unusual thing. (Juvenal)
Ipsa scientia potestas est
Knowledge itself is power. (Bacon)
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Who shall keep watch over the guardians? (Luvenalis)
Inter alios
Amongst other people
Te precor dulcissime supplex!
Pretty please with a cherry on top!
Nonne amicus certus in re incerta cernitur?
A friend in need is a friend in deed. (our equivalent)
Nihil sub sole novum
Nothing new under the sun
Qui potest capere capiat
Let him accept it who can. Freely: If the shoe fits, wear it
Nulla res carius constat quam quae precibus empta est
Nothing is so expensive as that which you have bought with pleas. (Seneca)
Et alii/aliae
Other persons/things
Spiritus asper
Rough breathing
Hodie mihi, cras tibi
Today for me, tomorrow for you
Ab/Ex uno disce omnes
From one person, learn all people
Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes
Essentially it says, 'if you can read this, you're overeducated.'
Poli, poli, di umbuendo
Slowly, Slowly we will get there
Modus agendi
Manner of operation
Latine dictum
Spoken in Latin
Ad rem
To the point
A posse ad esse
From possibility to actuality
Locus classicus
The most authoritative source, Classical passage
Caveat venditor
Let the seller beware
Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas
Happy is he who has been able to learn the causes of things. (Vergil)
Memento mori
Remember that you will die
Ad eundem gradum
To the same level
Etiam capillus unus habet umbram
Even one hair has a shadow. (Publilius Syrus)
Noli me tangere!
Don't touch me! (Versio Vulgata)
Post coitem
After sexual intercourse
Bona fides (noun)
Honest intention
Tamquam alter idem
As if a second self. (Cicero)
Contra felicem vix deus vires habet
Against a lucky man a god scarcely has power
Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris
If Caesar were alive, you'd be chained to an oar
Ius primae noctis
The right for the first night
Non omnia moriar
Not all of me will die. (Horace)
Apudne te vel me?
Your place or mine?
Crimen falsi
Quae nocent, saepe docent
What hurts, often instructs. One learns by bitter/adverse experience
Iesus nazarenus rex iudaeorum (INRI)
Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews
Vis inertiae
The power of inertia
Vincere est totum
To win is everything
Res inter alios
A matter between others it's not our busines
Omnium gatherum
Male parta male dilabuntur
What has been wrongly gained is wrongly lost. (Ill
Nemo nisi mors
Nobody except death (will part us). (Inscription in the wedding ring of the Swedish Queen Katarina Jagellonica)
Medici graviores morbos asperis remediis curant
Doctors cure the more serious diseases with harsh remedies. (Curtius Rufus)
Non mihi, non tibi, sed nobis
Not for you, not for me, but for us
Hoc natura est insitum, ut quem timueris, hunc semper oderis
It's an innate thing to always hate the one we've learnt to fear
Si fecisti nega!
If you did it, deny it (stonewall!)
A list of errors (in a book)
Vincit omnia veritas
Truth conquers all
Timeo danaos et dona ferentes
I fear the Greeks, even when they bring gifts. (Virgil)
On the right
Per accidens
By Accident
Eheu, litteras istas reperire non possum
Unfortunately, I can't find those particular documents
Cogito, ergo sum
I think, therefore I am. (René Descartes)
E contrario
From a contrary position
Donna nobis pacem
Grant us peace
Spectatvm venivnt, venivnt spectentvr vt ipsae
They come to see, they come that they themselves be seen 'to see and be seen
Quid est illa in auqua?
What's that in the water?
Inter caesa et porrecta
There's many a slip twixt cup and lip
Vox populi, vox Dei
The voice of the people is the voice of God. (Public oppinion is obligatory)
Ultra vires
Beyond the powers or legal authority
Vice versa
In reverse order
Isto pensitaris?
You get paid for this crap?
Docendo discitur
It is learned by teaching. (Seneca)
Difficile est longum subito deponere amorem
It is difficult to suddenly give up a long love. (Catullus)
Brevior saltare cum deformibus viris est vita
Life is too short to dance with ugly men
Ignis aurum probat, miseria fortes viros
Life is not a bowl of cherries, or, literally, Fire tests gold; adversity tests strong men
Mvlti svnt vocati, pavci vero electi
Many are called [but] few are chosen
Aio, quantitas magna frumentorum est
Yes, that is a very large amount of corn
Deus absconditus
A god who is hidden from man
Quam terribilis est haec hora
How fearful is this hour
O quam cito transit gloria mundi!
O how quickly passes the glory of the world!
Vidistine nuper imagines moventes bonas?
Seen any good movies lately?
Animis opibusque parati
Prepared in minds and resources (ready for anything)
In toto
As a whole, absolutely, Completely
Ab intestato
Having made no will
Promoveatur ut amoveatur
Let him be promoted to get him out of the way
A note of; a thing to be remembered
Gloriosum est iniurias oblivisci
It is glorious to forget the injustice
A verbis ad verbera
from words to blows
Let it be printed
Ad astra per aspera
To the stars through difficulty
He/she engraved it
Medio tutissimus ibis
You will go safest in the middle. (Moderation in all things) (Ovid)
Nolo contendere
I do not wish to contend
Mother of family
Vinum bellum iucunumque est, sed animo corporeque caret
It's a nice little wine, but it lacks character and depth
Pater historiae
The father of history
Quod erat in veniendum
Which was to be found
Mihi cura futuri
My concern is the future
Id certum est quod certum reddi potest
That is certain that can be made certain
Aut insanit homo, aut versus facit
The fellow is either mad or he is composing verses. (Horace)
Splendor sine occasu
Splendour without end
Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem!
Stand aside plebians! I am on imperial business!
Parva leves capiunt animas
Small things occupy light minds (small things amuse small minds)
Bene legere saecla vincere
To read well is to master the ages. (Professor Isaac Flagg)
Ad astra
To the stars
Dic mihi solum facta, domina
Just the facts, ma'am
In dubio
In doubt
Semper letteris mandate
Always get it in writing!
Nursling (former pupil)
Visne saltare?
Do you want to dance?
Sursum corda
(lift) up (your) hearts
Qui vivat atque floreat ad plurimos annos
May he live and flourish for many years
Non est ei similis
There is no one like him
Si monumentum requiris circumspice
If you seek a monument, look around

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