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I've seen the phrase Solvitas perambulum translated in many places as "Solve it while you walk." But I don't understand the grammar, and I find myself doubting that it's really Latin.

Here are my thoughts so far. Solvitas sounds like an abstract noun, meaning something like "being-solved-ness". But this noun doesn't seem to exist, and I think that a verb is needed, anyway. If solvitas is a verb, then it sounds like its infinitive would be solvitare, but there is no such verb. Maybe it would be a frequentative of solvere, but I haven't found that. Perambulum seems to mean not the act of walking (and then it would need to be in the ablative case), but a walkway or alley.

Is Solvitas perambulum fake Latin—or, if it's real, how does the grammar work? If there is a real Latin expression for this notion of relenting from effortful exertion on solving a problem and taking a leisurely walk to let your subconscious work on it, I'd love to hear it.

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This seems to be a distortion of the phrase solvitur ambulando "it is solved by walking". As fdb says, neither word is correct Latin.

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  • Good point.....
    – fdb
    Commented May 26, 2023 at 20:32
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This is fake Latin, but formed from two genuine words: solvo means “to release, set free, solve” and perambulo means “to walk through”; but neither “solvitas” nor “perambulum” means anything in Latin. It is internet nonsense.

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