Questions tagged [contemporary-latin]

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Which word best translates spark as in a spark of energy?

Any latin, my tags aren't a mistake. The more variations the better thanks
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Latin for a “control knob”

What is an appropriate Latin word for a knob that controls something else, such as a volume control knob, a light dimmer, the tuning control on a radio, the temperature control knob on a space heater, ...
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How do you say “Is it better to speak or to die?” in Latin?

I tried to translate it a few times but I am still not sure if I am right. The best translation I can come up with is, "Est melior loqui aut mori?" Please help.
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Is there a descriptive modern Latin grammar?

There is a lot of Latin grammars out there, but here I am looking for a specific kind: a descriptive modern Latin grammar. By modern Latin I mean the Latin of our own era. I would like it to be as ...
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Gradient Descent and Backpropagation in Latin

I came across this and was wondering if other terminology in artificial intelligence can be translated to Latin. Considering how deeply entwined the field is with science and philosophy, it is only ...
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How many words are in the Latin language?

How many words are in the Latin language total? There are many, but I am curious to see how many. More or less than English?
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What to call a Christmas present in Latin?

What would be a good way to call Christmas presents on contemporary Latin? Are there attested Latin descriptions of early Christmas where presents are given, or should we perhaps choose something ...
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What is a boyfriend or a girlfriend in Latin?

When answering this question, it occurred to me that I don't know what to call a "boyfriend" or a "girlfriend" in Latin. What would be good words? I assume that the same solution will work for both ...
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Putting “spread” on a bread in Latin

There are various kinds of spreads one can put on a bread, made from butter, vegetable oils, or other ingredients. What would be a good general word for these products for use in contemporary Latin? ...
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What to call a visa in Latin?

Is there an established Latin word for "visa", the kind of document you need to enter some countries? The English word seems to come from the past participle of the Latin verb videre, and so does the ...
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What is “terror” in Latin?

If I have understood correctly, the English word "terror" roughly means various activities invoking fear, such as attacks on civilians, and "terrorism" is the use of terror for political purposes. The ...
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“Blood for the Blood God” vs “Gloria In Excelsis Deo”

I play a scifi game where you build your own pieces and the language in the game is a derivative of Latin. I want to write a couple battle cries/prayers on the sides of one of my game pieces. The ...
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Seeking simple Latin translation for motto “fire, flow, transcendence”

I am in a community of flow artists and fire performers. I'm putting together a "coat of arms" of sorts for this community, and would like to include a motto in Latin. The motto in English would be ...
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The Ultimate Lifeform

The title of the character Shadow the Hedgehog is The Ultimate Lifeform. As for a translation of this, I ultimately decided upon "Ens Ultimatus." But, should "ens" be masculine or neuter? It seems to ...
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Which modern cities are urbes?

I have understood that urbs is not just a "city", but more properly a "major city". The L&S entry implies that it refers to a walled town, but city walls are rare nowadays. What makes a city an ...
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What are the Latin names for the languages?

I've seen the languages' names like lingua Latīna and lingua Hispānica, but I've read that it's more common to say Latīne and Hispāne. I was wondering if someone had a list of the languages in Latin, ...
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“Escape from New York” movie - title and tagline translation check

I have a "Escape from New York" movie poster over my desk. It reads: 1997.New York City is a walled maximum security prison.Breaking out is impossible.Breaking in is insane. ESCAPE FROM NEW ...
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What is chat in Latin?

What would be a good Latin noun or verb to translate "chat" in the sense that would apply to our chat room, for example? There are verbs like garrire, fabulari, verbigerare, and simply colloqui but I ...
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“Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them” in Latin

I was planning to enhance a bit my profile here, and I thought of using the default StackExchange message, only in Latin. Google Translate turns the well known: Apparently, this user prefers to ...
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Is translating texts from Latin really necessary to learn the language?

I know that translating texts from Latin is the traditional way to learn the language (and for many people the main goal), but I think that being able to translate a piece of text, however complicated ...
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How to describe a gazette to stakeholders in Latin?

Suppose a university sends a periodic magazine or gazette out to alumni, companies, and other stakeholders. What would be a good Latin word for this kind of a publication? Would it be simply nuntii? ...
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Latin word for 'the web' or 'Internet'

How would I refer to 'the web' or 'Internet' in Latin? Many words to describe the internet are just reapplied from other objects (e.g. 'page' from a book or 'site' as in a location). Translating ...
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What is an academic fellow?

What is the Latin word used for a fellow of a college or an academic society? In particular, are there attested uses somewhere to be found? I am looking for a translation of "fellow" which is or has ...
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Flags flying at half-mast

A well-known mathematician passed away recently, and I happened to be in the Trinity College on the day after. As any Cambridge college undoubtedly would, they mourned the loss of a fellow by flying ...
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How did “glutaeus/gluteus” come from Greek “gloutos”? Would “glutiaeus” be more correct?

In anatomy, the muscles of the buttocks are referred to collectively as the "glut(a)eal muscles" in English, and are individually given the following Latin names: glut(a)eus maximus, glut(a)eus medius ...
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How to translate machine learning?

Machine learning is a roughly method where a machine learns to perform a certain task by learning on its own. The machine gains experience and can solve a very specific problem intuitively. It is not ...
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Church Latin: when did the orthography change occur?

Sometime around the middle of the 20th century the Latin orthography of official Roman Catholic liturgical books of the Roman Rite switched from "juxta", "Jesus", "Judaei" etc. to "iuxta", "Iesus", "...
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How to translate “Winter Bash”?

The Stack Exchange Christmas celebration is here: Winter Bash 2017. If I were to discuss the event in Latin, what should I call it? I mentioned it in Conloquium (or chat room) and I simply called it ...
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Is “Vinicultores Illustrissimi Hungari” grammatically correct?

I found the following inscription on the cover of a "Codex vinorum": "Vinicultores Illustrissimi Hungari" (as I would translate: the most excellent Hungarian viticulturists). I would like to give this ...
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“Email” as a mass noun / mailbox

I understand (perhaps wrongly) litterae electronicae to be a particular piece of email and cursus electronicus to be the way that email moves around or perhaps the system of networked computers that ...
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What do you call an audio recording?

What do you call an audio recording in Latin? Smith's Copious and Critical English-Latin Dictionary fails me here. It came out in 1870, predating Edison's invention of the phonograph by seven years. ...
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What is “site” in Latin?

I have been using the simple-minded translation situs (fourth declension) for "[web]site", and I have used it to refer to this site, among others. I'm not convinced this is a good choice, as I have no ...
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“Mind the gap!”

I am currently in London, and the Underground has been kind enough to repeat this warning numerous times: Please mind the gap between the train and the platform! Having heard the same phrase over ...
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Can someone translate this paragraph from the book “Proxima” for me? And is it grammatically correct?

Fortasse accipio oratio stridens vestri. Sum Quintus Fabius centurio navis stellae "Malleus Jesu". Quid estis, quid agitis in hac provincia? Et quid est mixti lingua vestri?Germanicus est? Non dubito ...
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How can you translate the expression “Kindled embers” to preserve the meaning of smoldering chunks of coal or wood?

I'm in need of translating this expression to Latin for a project of mine. I really tried figuring this out using Google but I came to a short end. Could anyone help me?
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Is there a Latin word for a deadline?

Is there a Latin word for "deadline", a predefined point in time before which some assignment must be complete? I have heard the literal translation linea letalis, but there are also words like ...
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How to translate piazza?

I am looking for a Latin translation of the Italian word "piazza". Specifically, I would like to have a Latin word to describe the various piazze in today's Rome. I have found a couple of ...
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Acknowledging Message, e.g. “Copy that” or “Roger”

In English there are certain phrases, like "copy that" or "roger" that are used to confirm that a message was received, especially in radio communication. What would be a good Latin term or phrase to ...
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What is the name of the separator dots between the words?

Consider the following photo of the Westminster Cathedral: What are those separator-dots called? I see them on many inscriptions. Why is it there?
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What is the current status of Hans Ørberg's natural approach method for learning Latin?

The method for learning Latin developed by Hans Ørberg is also known as the natural approach or contextual induction. The main book is called: "Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata" which contains only ...
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What is the latin learning method of the former Vatican latinist Reginald Foster?

I can understand that many see Reginald Foster as an iconic latin teacher. Se also other background article Especially due to his career as the Popes own latinist in the Vatican, as described in ...
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Does the Latin language have an official flag?

From Wikipedia I can see that an Esperanto flag exist. But how about the Latin language? A possible use of the flag could be at language learning sites like Duolingo, where other languages are ...
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How to write “gate of worlds” in Latin?

I know that the Latin words for "gate" and "world" are porta and mundus, respectively. However, while I know how to write "Gate of the World" in Latin (Porta Mundi) since both "gate" and "world" are ...
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Translating the Finnish “adjunct professor” or “docent”

There is an academic title in Finland called "dosentti" (Finnish) or "docent" (Swedish). However, there is a disagreement in Finland whether it should be translated in English as docent or adjunct ...
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Was “dominus” or similar used with a title?

If a person is addressed formally with a title, it seems to vary from language to language (and to some extent within a single language) whether a word like "Mr" or "Herr" (German) is used. In Finnish ...
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Scanning the inscription of The Classical High School of Tampere

I strolled around Tampere today, and I noticed an inscription in the wall of The Classical High School of Tampere: FENNIA VOS GENUIT GREMIO VOS INTIMA FOVIT. ARBORIS AUSCULTET MURMURA QUISQUE ...
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Cum cucurbitis aegris ex aqua

In his 1924's "Autobiography", Serbian author Branislav Nušić mocks doctors' habit of speaking Latin in presence of a patient to justify higher fees: Then they switched to Latin to impress my ...
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How would you say “cafe” in Latin?

I would like to say, "I'm going to the cafe" in Latin, but the best I can come up with is "Eo ad cafe." What would be a good choice for "cafe"? I'm not sure if a similar concept existed in Ancient ...
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Why is the Latin title of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” so verbose?

Terence Tunberg's translation of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas has a rather prolix title: Quomodo Invidiosulus Nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit whose literal translation is:...
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Numbers in call signs

Various military vehicles have often call signs containing a numbers. For a quick example, you can watch a little bit of this YouTube video. I would like to know how to render such call signs in Latin,...