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Is the inflection of the Latin words in today's science similar to that of classical Latin, or English?

There are Latin words created and used in today's sciences (e.g. biology, medicine, ...). Does the inflection of such words follow the inflection rules in classical Latin? Since they are often used in ...
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What are the Greek or Latin words for these SI prefixes?

Smith's Greek and Latin Roots gives the etymology of a few SI prefixes. For example, tera- is from Greek teras ("monster"), deci- from Latin decem, and micro- from Greek mikros ("small&...
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Loquunturne homines in Roma hodie parum Latine?

Ibo in Romam hac aestate. Loquunturne plurimi homines in ea urbe parum Latine? Comprehendantne me si rogabo eos res ut "Ubi est latrina?" in lingua Latina? Aut discenda est mihi lingua ...
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Check my Latin: Note on Ovid’s use of the name Appias. (A fountain, a nymph, and a bunch of lawyers.)

Ovid uses the words Appias or Appiades on three occasions (Ars Amatoria 1.79-88 and 3.447-452; Remedia Amoris 659-660) to refer jokingly to the legal business conducted in the Forum of Julius Caesar. ...
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Which scientific journals still accept papers written in Latin?

Many scientific journals still have their title in Latin (e.g., Acta Mathematica, Ars Disputandi, Euleriana etc.) I was wondering if some of them (or maybe other ones) were accepting papers written in ...
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Feedback on my Latin note on the story of Admetus and Alcestis

I’ve written a little précis of the story of Admetus and Alcestis, and would appreciate any corrections or comments. I’m mostly concerned about whether I got the tenses of the subjunctive verbs right,...
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Is Traupman's "Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency" of good latinity?

I am currently studying Latin and a friend has recommended Traupman's "Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency" book. Can I trust that the vocabulary within this book is accurate, or ...
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How do you talk about set theory in Latin? Specifically, how do you say "set" as opposed to "union"?

In my joke about set theory in Latin: Hodie in universitate (ego studeo scientiam computorum) docebamur de theoria unionum. Professor nobis explicabat, cur numerus cardinalis unionis unionum non ...
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"Middle kingdom", "Middle Earth" (Lotharingia, Lord of the Rings) in Latin

Please "Middle kingdom", "Middle Earth" in Latin please :)
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How to construct a sentence like "I enjoyed seeing you" [duplicate]

please could I have a little guidance on how to say "I enjoyed seeing you". Is there a more idiomatic way of phrasing in latin (e.g. it was a please to see you)? If not, would 'seeing' be a ...
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Latin translation of "model"

"model", when meaning "a pattern for imitation", is expressed by Latin exemplum, exemplar, forma, proplasma, according to the dictionary. "model" comes from modulus, ...
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Feedback on my Latin note an a passage from Ovid’s Metamorphoses

In Metamorphoses 10.728-731, just before Venus causes a flower to spring from Adonis’ blood, Ovid hints at, but doesn’t describe in detail, another metamorphosis: Mint sprouting from the crushed limbs ...
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Which spell-checker can be used when writing in Latin on a computer?

So, I am interested, does any spell-checker software today (Aspell, Hunspell...) support Latin? Does it work well enough to be useful?
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Do more people today speak Latin or Esperanto? Are there any native speakers of Latin, like there are hundreds of native speakers of Esperanto?

Do more people today speak Latin or Esperanto? Are you aware of any estimates? Also, are there any native speakers of Latin, like there are hundreds of native speakers of Esperanto?
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Which sounds more natural in latin?

I know you can often shuffle the order of words in Latin sentences, preserving the meaning of the sentence if you do it right. Still, there are some things that just don't sound "natural" or ...
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What is the best translation for "livestreaming"?

I am looking for a brief and accurate expression to say "livestreaming" in Latin. Classical or New Latin style, or coined word are all okay. Are there any options?
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Conjuring daemons -- a fictive modern formula

In it's "City of ..." book series (p. 300, I don't have the book name) Cassandra Clare let a person speak the formula "Quod tumeraris: per Jehovam, Gehennam et consecratam aquam quam ...
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How do you say "chicken" in Latin?

I know which words to use for specific types of chicken: gallīna is a female (adult) chicken (hen). gallus is a male (adult) chicken (cock, rooster); it also is used for the male (cock) of other ...
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Beginning a letter in latin--what were common conventions [duplicate]

In the USA, it is customary to begin a letter with "Dear" and the name of the recipient. E.g., "Dear Dr. Smith" or "Dear Alex". Was there a similar convention for the ...
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Traditional English pronunciation of "dives"?

In the traditional English pronunciation of Latin—the one that gave us Caesar /siːzɚ/, Jupiter /dʒuːpɪtɚ/, epitome /əpɪtəmiː/, felix /fiːlɪks/, and virus /vaɪɹəs/—what should be the pronunciation of ...
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Why "inscripserim" and not "inscripsi" in Haury's translation of "Le Petit Prince"?

Haury's translation of the dedication of "Le Petit Prince" begins like this: Pueros oro ut mihi ignoscant quod librum hunc ad adultum hominem inscripserim. I don't get why we have a ...
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What numbers (e.g. 0, -1, or 1.0) are plurals in Latin?

The basic question is: With which numbers should I use a plural form of the noun? Background: English In English it seems to me that the only singular number is 1 (and maybe -1), but everything else ...
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Is the Ephemeris news website of good Latinity?

Is it a good idea to use the Ephemeris news website to read articles in Latin and expand my vocabulary? As an example, here is the latest article published: Praeclarus praeses Unionis Sovieticae ...
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Is reading translations like Winnie ille Pu and Alicia in Terra Mirabili good practice for approaching classical texts?

I'm still something of a beginner and my immediate goal is to be able to read Classical Latin texts fluently and without much recourse to dictionaries. Having gone through Lingua Latina and most of ...
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What would be the Latin title of “2001: A Space Odyssey”?

The two translations suggested on Vicipaedia are “2001: caeleste iter operosum” and “Anno 2001: Odysseia Caelestis”. Personally, I would have written “Annō 2001: Odyssēa spatiālis”. Which one is of ...
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'Aurifer' or 'Auriferus'?

What is the masculine form of "Aurifera" ? I supposed it was "auriferus": Tibicen auriferus is like a goldish beetle. http://www.masscic.org/sightings/cicadas/tibicen-auriferus-in-...
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Latin date abbreviation meanings

I've hit a bit of a stumbling block with the translation of two dates written in Latin. Could anyone please confirm the meanings of the abbreviations in the below image? I believe they simply are ...
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Is a logician a “logicus” or a “logicista”?

I am wondering how to translate the noun “logician” into Latin. Smith & Hall suggests “dialecticus” but I had in mind the modern discipline as a formal science, not the argumentation exercise of ...
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How to translate the adjective ‘pacifist’ into Latin?

How do you translate the adjective ‘pacifist’ into Latin? ‘pacifistus, a, um’ seems incorrect to me since all the words I’ve found with the suffix -ista are nouns, not adjectives. alchemist: *...
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How do you say "Eggs are more dangerous than meat when it comes to superbacteria, because around 90% of antibiotics goes to chickens." in Latin?

Ova sunt periculosiora quam carne sit de superbacteriis, quia circa 90% antibioticorum it gallis. Reddit comment So, is that correct Latin?
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What's "Hemma" in "Unis Minor Hemma Unis Major Nostrum"? (might be dog-latin)

We saw this on a canal boat (not our image - the one we saw said "major" not "magis") and I could not figure out what the motto meant - mainly because I do not know who or what ...
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What Happened to Whitaker's Words?

Don't worry it still exists. My problem is that I like speaking Latin, and Whitaker's Words has been my go-to for English to Latin translation. In the last couple of months, they have removed their ...
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What would this site be called in Latin?

Ignoring the technological shock that would likely happen from seeing a computer and the internet, what would Cicero or Caesar call the "Latin Language Stack Exchange" website? While I would ...
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Neolatin and contemporary Latin dictionary

What are some good, reliable English–Latin dictionary of Neolatin and contemporary Latin. The best one I've found so far is Morgan's Lexcon of Neo-Latin and Contemporary Latin Usage on the Paideia ...
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How to say "programming language" in Latin?

Reading the Latin version of Wikipedia, I noticed that the term "programming language" was translated in many ways. Depending on the page, you can find almost any combination of lingua/codex/...
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Is there a reference translation of the Declaration of Human Rights?

I know of two translations of the Declaration of Human Rights: https://la.wikisource.org/wiki/Universalis_de_jure_hominum_declaratio https://la.wikisource.org/wiki/...
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Help with (big) numbers including 'decena'

I wonder if you could help me with the text below. I get the gist of the message, but am struggling with decena. Nam decēna mīlia Americānōrum cōnāta sunt ad centiēs centēna mīlia dollāriōrum ...
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Is Queneau's Latin in Exercises in Style good?

Exercises in Style (French: Exercices de style), written by Raymond Queneau, is a collection of 99 retellings of the same story, each in a different style. This is the one I'm wondering about: Sol ...
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How do you say 'same to you' as a reply to a greeting?

Greetings in Latin may use different adjectives ('bonum', 'faustum', 'felicem', etc.), just as in Romance languages; e.g. in Spanish the New Year greeting may be 'feliz año', 'buen año', 'próspero año'...
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Is Plain Latin a thing?

Plain language is writing designed to ensure the reader understands as quickly, easily, and completely as possible. Robert Leon Cooper (1989). Language Planning and Social Change. Cambridge University ...
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Motto About Chaos

I want a latin motto that expresses "Out of chaos, software" Or "From chaos, software". I know software is a strange concept for Latin. Any suggestions?
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Badly translated species names [closed]

I was considering that the people who name species are most likely scientist and not latin scholars. I wonder if this means there are poorly translated species name. If so, I'd love to hear some ...
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How to say "Things could always be worse"

For an ironic family crest, I would like to incorporate the motto "Things could always be worse" or a similar Latin saying.
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Could one consider using Latin as a daily casual language these days?

I just saw a video asking like how would one say I just had an avocado toast and thought about some of the new stuff that didn't exist back then. How would we integrate new words into the Latin ...
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ATM in Vatican City: "Inserito scidulam quaeso ut faciundam cognoscas rationem"

The automated teller machines in Vatican City show this screen when awaiting a card: Could someone, quaeso, break this down word by word? There are a number of things here that I find puzzling or ...
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"Washington, DC" in latin

Is there a more-or-less commonly accepted translation of "Washington, DC" (i.e., the city, but I would assume the same word would work for the state) in contemporary-latin? I'll happily use ...
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How we can monitor the size and impact of "Living Latin Community"

By "Living Latin community" I refer principally to those individuals who want to use Latin language in the actual-life for whatever reason they have (the main reason is probably in order to learn). ...
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What would "opossum" be in Latin?

I was wondering how one would translate the word "opossum" into Latin. It derives from Native American names for opossum meaning variably "white dog" and "white animal," so it could be translated ...
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How do you say "online" and "offline" in Latin?

Good day! How would you go about saying the expression "online" or "offline" in Latin? Maybe something like Portuguese Conectado and Desconectado (connected and disconnected)? Couldn't find it ...
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Is there a suffix in Latin like the "-ization" suffix in English?

I'd like to express "synchronization" in Latin. There's the adjective "synchronus," but no verbs or nouns that I can find. The "-ization" suffix in English comes from "-ize" and "-ation," which come (...
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