Some Latin sayings from Ancient Rome. Filed under Miscellaneous Wisdom.
ad hoc – to this purpose alone.
ad infinitium – to go on and on, limitless.
ad libitum – at pleasure. to speak spontaneously, or ad lib.
agenda – Things that have to be done.
alter ego – a second self; closest friend.
ante meridiem – before noon, or A.M.
bona fide – in good faith; without deceit.
carpe diem – seize the day.
caveat emptor – let the buyer beware.
circa – about. Often abbreviated to c. and used to qualify an uncertain date.
contra – against.
cum laude – with praise.
deus ex machina – a god from a machine. An allusion to the practice in classical drama of bringing on a god to solve superhuman difficulties.
et cetera – additional unspecified things; abbreviated to etc.
excelsior – ever upward; sustained aspiration.
exempli gratia – for the sake of example; e.g. in scholary texts.
ex libris – from the library of; used for bookplates.
flagrante delicto – while the crime is blazing; caught in the act.
ibidem – from the same source; abbreviated to ibid. in reference notes.
id est – that is. The familiar i.e. mean to explain in more detail.
in camera – in private.
in toto – on the whole, completely.
ipso facto – by the fact or the act itself.
magna cum laude – with great praise.
magnum opus – a great work; especially in literature.
mea culpa – my fault. I am to blame.
memento mori – remember that you must die.
modus operandi – manner of operating, M.O.
modus vivendi – manner of living; a temporary arrangement of affairs until disputed matters can be resolved.
nolo contendere – I do not wish to contend. A legal plea by which a defendant is subject to conviction, but does not admit guilt.
non compos mentis – not of sound mind.
non sequitur – it does not follow. A remark having nothing to do with the conversation taking place.
opere citato – in the work cited. Usually abbreviated to op. cit.
persona non grata – an unacceptable person.
caveat lector – let the reader beware