The Language of Caesar : Latin Phrases Everyone Should Know

A motley combination of Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Germanic dialects, the English language (more or less as we know it) coalesced between the 9th and 13th centuries.

Despite this we use a lot of Latin phrases to this day. In this article we look at some of the more common Latin phrases that we should all know.


LATIN PHRASES

CARPE DIEM

Seize the day.

CAVEAT EMPTOR

Let the buyer beware.

COGITO, ERGO SUM.

I think, therfore I am.

IN ABSENTIA

While Absent

IN FLAGRANTE DELICTO

In the act of commiting a crime.

IPSO FACTO

By that very fact.

MEA CULPA

By my fault.

PERSONA NON GRATA

An unwelcome person.

PRIMA FACIA

On first view

POST MORTEM

After Death.

PRO BONO

Done without Charge.

QUID PRO QUO

Something for something, this for that

TEMPUS FUGIT

Time flies.

TERRA INGOGNITO

Unknown land.

VOX POPULI

The voice of the people.



Author: Robert

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