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Latin: A 'dead language' that's still alive

2012-11-13

We may not realize it, but Latin, or at least a few words in Latin, are still used frequently.  It's heard in phrases like 'alter ego' and 'per capita.' When it comes to individual words, there's 'Idem,' 'deficit,' and even 'etcetera.' But we decided to take it one step further, asking people what Latin words or phrases they know.  

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"Carpe Diem. Tempus fugit. Virtus in media”. "Ave Caesar, morituri te salutant. De gustibus non disputandum est. Verba volant, scripta manent.”."Habemus Papam. Quod non fecerunt barbari, facerunt barberini.”. "Senatus populusque romanus.”. "Mens sana in corpore sano.”. "Alea iacta est”."Memento audere semper”."Ave Caesar, morituri te salutant”."Carpe diem”. "In vino veritas”. "Habemus Papam”. "Senatus populusque romanus”
 
All the official documents of the Vatican are published in Latin. In fact, back in 1997, the Vatican listed a modern Latin vocabulary which included more than 15,000 neologisms.

Ironically, for some entrepreneurs, going back to these Latin roots, is seen as something fresh and modern. For example, instead of saying macaroni, some chefs say 'pasta tubulata,' popcorn is 'máizae grana tosta.' In the world of sports, a mountain bicycle is a 'bírota montna' and a  parachute, 'umbrella descensória.' Even though its an ancient language, there is of course, also a term for computer, called 'instrumentum computatórium.'


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