Use These Latin Phrases to Sound Smarter

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Merriam-Webster needs us all to make use of extra Latin in our on a regular basis lives, and we see no purpose to not oblige. (Okay, M-W didn’t precisely say that, however they’ve revealed a listing of their favourite Latin phrases, so it’s a good conclusion.)

A few of these you would possibly already know. Some you’ve most likely heard however can’t fairly keep in mind the that means. And a few are model new however are value implementing instantly.

Submit hoc, ergo propter hoc

Definition: After this, subsequently due to this. It’s “the logical mistake of claiming that one thing caused another just because it happened first.” In different phrases, correlation doesn’t equal causation.

Merriam-Webster says we have now Aristotle to thank for starting to classifying these illogical arguments. I stepped outdoors and it began to rain. Did my strolling outdoors truly trigger it to rain? It’d really feel that approach, however to really imagine it could be a logical fallacy—put up hoc, ergo propter hoc.

(If you happen to’re nonetheless not satisfied it’s essential add this phrase into the rotation, say it out loud with me: Submit hoc, ergo propter hoc. That’s great things.)

Per angusta advert augusta

Definition: By means of difficulties to honors, by trial to triumph, or by difficulties to nice issues. It’s one other approach of claiming, “no pain, no gain.”

This jogs my memory of a phrase my husband and I would usually say throughout our foster parenting years: “We can do hard things.” Per angusta advert augusta would make for a very good mantra or household motto.

Veni, vidi, vici

Definition: I got here, I noticed, I conquered.

We would use this phrase in jest at present, perhaps after a very epic exhibiting at a lunch buffet. But when it was first written by Julius Caesar, as it’s broadly attributed, it was meant fairly actually. He used the phrases in a struggle report after attaining a swift victory round 47 BC.

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In vino veritas

Definition: “There is truth in wine” or “in wine lies the truth.” It’s the concept that somebody who has had an excessive amount of to drink could have lowered inhibitions and is extra inclined to say what they actually suppose.

The phrase is usually prolonged to “In vino veritas, in aqua sanitas.” Or, “In wine there is truth, in water there is health/good sense.” Use this one as an apology or clarification the subsequent time you—or a liked one—have a little bit an excessive amount of to drink and begin spouting all of your innermost ideas.

Caveat emptor

Definition: Let the customer beware.

Merriam-Webster says this one comes from early Roman legislation, when patrons have been urged to actually examine a very good earlier than they purchased it so that they wouldn’t get ripped off. We favored this one a lot that we adopted the phrase “caveat” in English to imply “a warning enjoining one from certain acts or practices.”

Amazon involves thoughts with this phrase, for some purpose.

Amor vincit omnia

Definition: Love conquers all issues.

We attribute this phrase—which is one other one you usually hear in English—to the Roman poet Virgil, who wrote, “love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love,” proper earlier than the beginning of the primary millennium, in response to Merriam-Webster. Since then, the phrase has been utilized by quite a lot of poets and appeared in The Canterbury Tales within the late 1300s.


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