Posted by: Jack Henry | March 30, 2016

Editor’s Corner: Latin Phrases Adopted in English, Part II

Welcome to the second part of the Latin Phrases You Should Know, from the Daily Writing Tips website. My training as an altar girl did not prepare me for any of these!

23. in toto (as a whole)

24. ipso facto (by the very fact): because of that fact

25. inter alia (among other things)

26. mea culpa (I am responsible): forgive me

27. memento mori (remember that you must die): a reminder of mortality

28. mens sana in corpore sano (a healthy mind in a healthy body)

29. mirabile dictu (amazing to say)

30. modus operandi (method of operating): way of working (also MO)

31. ne plus ultra (none more beyond): without equal, the greatest degree

32. non sequitur (it does not follow): said of something that does not logically relate to what came before

33. nota bene (note well): take note (also NB)

34. o tempora o mores (oh, the times, oh, the morals): said in criticism of behavior

35. omnia vincit amor (love conquers all)

36. panem et circenses (bread and circuses): said of things offered to the masses to distract them from what they should attend to for their own benefit

37. per se (by itself)

38. post hoc ergo propter hoc (after this, therefore because of this): effect follows cause

39. prima facie (at first look): based on the first impression, or accepted as correct until proved otherwise

40. primus inter pares (first among equals)

41. pro forma (for form): for the sake of appearances or form

42. quid pro quo (this for that): something given in exchange for something else (hence quid, the nickname for the pound in UK currency)

43. quis custodiet ipsos custodes (who watches the watchers?): who shall protect us against those who (supposedly) protect us?

44. sic transit gloria mundi (thus passes the glory of the world): fame is fleeting in this world

45. sine qua non (without which thing . . . not): said of something indispensable

46. sub rosa (under the rose): happening or done in secret

47. sui generis (in its own class): unique

48. tabula rasa (scraped tablet): blank slate (the concept of the human mind before it receives impressions from experience)
49. tempus fugit (time flies)

50. terra firma (solid ground): often used figuratively to refer to certainty

51. vox populi (voice of the people)

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