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What is “Winter is Coming” in Latin?

I'm an avid follower of the TV-show "Game of Thrones", and wonder what a Latin translation of the Stark's families motto — "Winter is Coming" — would be? It's used in the form of a ...
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A Dios rogando y con el mazo dando

tl;dr I want a Latin motto conveying the idea that you have to ask God for something while at the same time pursuing it. I have two Spanish sayings that work pretty well I have a couple of Latin ...
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Ars gratia artis

I would like to know the meaning of the following Latin expression, as well as a grammatical analysis of the individual words in this context: ARS GRATIA ARTIS as it appears in the following logo ...
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Request for a Latin phrase as motto “God is highest/supreme”

I'm looking for someone that can help me produce a correct, coherent Latin phrase for a school project to be used as a motto, similar to the Marine Corps motto Semper Fidelis, etc. I would like the ...
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Latin translation for “Remember calmness”

I have anger management issues, and am currently working on a tattoo I'd like to have done. So I'm thinking of a good Latin phrase which carries the same spirit as Memento Mori. What I'd like to have ...
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Translating “Father knows beer best” into Latin

I'm making a label for my dad's homebrew as a Christmas gift and I'd love to include "Father knows beer best" in Latin as the motto of his company. Could anybody help translate that for me?
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Hogwarts Motto from J.K. Rowling's “Harry Potter” series

Hogwarts, the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter books, has the following Latin motto: Draco dormiens numquam titillandus. Most online sources translate this as "Never tickle a ...
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Tastes Like Chicken

What Latin I know I've sort-of assimilated from being fluent in Spanish and having some knowledge of French, as well as a life-long interest in English etymology (not a strong foundation for Latin, I ...
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Joke variant of US motto

As a joke, I'm imagining someone being confused about the US motto, and thinking it was "e unum pluribus", which hypothetically might mean "out of the one, many" or similar. But I bet that isn't ...
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Is it acceptable/regular to use diacritics (macron) in written texts?

I'm building the brand for a web development company, and I'm using Latin for the name and slogan. However, as I am not familiar with the language, I would like some help clarifying meanings to avoid ...
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Translating “destroy the bad” for a tattoo

I am considering a tattoo in Latin, and I want it to say "destroy the bad", or perhaps "get rid of the evil". I want the translation to be short due to space constraints. I looked online and I found ...
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Semper Veritas, Semper Veritatem, or something else?

I'm considering getting a tattoo with the phrase "Always Truth" or "Always the Truth" in Latin, but I'm not 100% how to translate it, because I don't really understand Latin noun declension. My first ...
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“Nil virtus generosa timet”

The phrase "NIL VIRTUS GENEROSA TIMET", sometimes also found as "Nihil virtus generosa timet", was, supposedly, the divise or motto of Bertrand du Guesclin, French knight during the Hundred Years' War....
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I make/create therefore I am

I'm trying to find the most valid translation for "I make, therefore I am". The closest I've seen is "ego creo ergo sum" But have also seen just "creo ergo sum". Also seen many places stating that "...
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Translating “dangerous together” for a ring

I would like to have the phrase "NN and NN — dangerous together" inscribed in a ring in Latin. Google Translate suggests periculosum simul and simul ancipitia, but I'm not sure if they make any ...
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Yet another question about translation… Four words

I am currently studying Latin (3rd year in high school); so I do have a mild understanding of the language. I would like to know whether this translation is correct, makes sense and sounds at least a ...
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What does “enim et” mean?

A couple days ago, a friend sent me an excerpt from a new game, asking about a Latin phrase in it: Contra Diabolus enim et alii Daemones (In the game, this is the motto of a group of Catholic ...
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Translation of “May Change Nourish Me”

I'm just looking for an accurate translation before getting a tattoo. I don't trust Google Translate completely. "Let Change Guide Me" to is also a contender. Google says it's "Mutatio Et Enutries Me"...
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Does this Latin make sense?

I want to use a motto "always seize the future" as a company slogan. Does "capere semper in posterum" make sense? I got it from Google Translate and based on Spanish-English translations from that ...
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How would you translate “Not a second wasted”?

In the sense of "every second employed productively" as a motto, so brevity is important. It's a little tongue-in-cheek. I don't mean something like "every second between now and then is important". ...
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Is “scholaris opus, scholaris vox” a correct translation of “student work, student voice”?

Some students of mine are creating a school publication featuring student work, and the proposed subtitle of their publication is: Scholaris Opus, Scholaris Vox The intended meaning is "student ...
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Is “urgeo inurgor” a correct Latin phrase, meaning “to squeeze the unsqeezable”?

As a tongue-in-cheek joke, I'm trying to make a motto out of Russian phrase "впихнуть невпихуемое", which is literally translated as "to squeeze unsqueezable". 'Squeeze' being used in this context as ...
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Reservoir Dogs: “Let's go to work” in Latin

I'm a programmer and I regularly write small utility programs for friends and family. Since I like a joke, all those programs have help/about forms that describe the program as having been produced by ...
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Velocitas eradico — “get rid of speed” or “with speed, eliminate”

The US Navy's railgun project's badge (see this YouTube video at timecode 00:14) has the motto "Velocitas Eradico" — I have no formal instruction in Latin, but my familiarity with Romance ...
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“Every Branch Shares The Same Root” - having trouble translating “Shares”

I'm having trouble translating "every Branch Shares The Same Root" into Latin for a school emblem. so far I have "OMNE GENERE CONSOCIARE QUOD IDEM RADIX" also this is a bit long for a school emblem ...
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Motto of Sir Francis Drake

The motto of Sir Francis Drake is: Sic parvis magna It is usually translated as "Greatness from small beginnings", but what is the literal translation? Would be be something like "Thus from ...
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What is the correct meaning of “Disciplina sollerti fingitur ingenium”?

This is the motto inscription placed above the entrance to an old elementary school which was build in the year 1816. I presume it can mean something like: With great effort, the spirit is ...
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God is Vengeful Translation Help

I'm looking at getting a Latin phrase/quote on my arm and I'd like to know if the translation I'm thinking about using is correct. I've pulled some translations from this website (Protected By God - ...
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Latin translation for “Forwards, into a standardized world”

I'm currently doing a project for which I'd love to use some Latin phrases as mottos. One of these would be "Forwards, into a standardized world". Using some dictionaries and wild guesswork, the best ...
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“Promise nothing” motto for a coat of arms

I'm looking for a motto for a coat of arms which would be an impersonal sentence (as it should be in a coat of arms) and read something like "Never promise anything" or "Promise nothing". Right now I'...
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Translating “order of protection and conservation”

An author friend recently asked me for help with a Latin name: in his book, a group calls itself the "order of protection and conservation", but in Latin to be pretentious (altum videtur…). My ...
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Translating: “Know and understand this king. Be sure that you make yourself a disciple of Christ the ruling King.”

I am trying to write a motto and my knowledge of Latin is not very profound. I wish to state using Latin to the effect of, and using king rather than man: Know and understand this king. Be sure ...
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Latin translation of ‘Strength, love and light’

I know people tend to advise against having tattoos in other languages but I have given it a lot of thought and definitely want it doing. I am hoping to have a tattoo that translates into ‘strength (...
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Translation from the English Apex Predator?

I am doing a project for a logo that intends to use the Latin translation for the term "Apex Predator". From the various web sites if have visited it appears that "Apicem Rapax" is one possible ...
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What is the Latin equivalent of “Ever Forward” as a motto?

In the workplace environment, I don’t think it is productive to dwell on what happened or keep score on who did what to whom. In English I would summarize my motto as: Ever Forward Now I am ...
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Does Tolle fidem, culpam dare convey the correct meaning?

I've looked up the translation of "Take Credit, Assign Blame" (a pseudo-motto for managers) and I got 'Sume fidem, culpam dare', and then later I found 'Tolle fidem, culpam dare'. Does this faux-...
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What is the preferred translation of “A leader serves” into Latin?

Dux servit? Dux ministrat? Something else? I would like to use this as a motto for a club. I am using leader in the sense of "Someone in a leadership position serves" or "One of the characteristics ...
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“Semper” in the beginning of a sentence

This is my first attempt at a translation for a motto. My intent is to convey "Always be good" as an advice. I think it is "Semper bonus esto". A quick digression on the motto I'm using Subject+ ...
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“Over promise under perform” motto

As this is the time when we're all coming up with wacky mottos, I thought I'd try my hand at our department's private motto. Having run a few variants through Google Translate, and coming out with a ...
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“Per aspera ad astra” or “Ad astra per aspera”?

The title sums it up, but I think this could be a tricky question. I first stumbled upon this expression through a song by the German band Haggard, called "Per Aspera ad Astra" (from an album inspired ...
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Translation: Out of my death, new life

I took a Latin course a few years ago, and now I'm trying my hand for a friend's tattoo. Is my translation of the title correct? English: Out of my death, new life. Latin attempt: Ex mei mortis ...
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Excelsior aude?

I came across the phrase "excelsior aude" which seems to translate to courageously onward and upward? Is this accurate and would be it better reversed to aude excelsior or excelsior aude? Any thoughts?...
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Translating “do the next thing” to Latin

I would like to use the phrase "do the next thing" as a motto for some literature. Does the translation FACITE DEINDE REM work? The thought is basically this: we should get active with the next thing ...
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What’s the difference between meminisse and memini?

I’d love to get a tattoo saying ‘remember’ in Latin, but would rather not use memento. Would it be possible to either use meminisse or memini? I’d like remember to be like a reminder for myself to ...
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Three (very similar) mottoes and a general grammar question

Hope you guys don't mind helping me. I'm looking to translate three mottoes into Latin, and I think these are beyond my capability to naturally translate: Do not be too kind; do not be too angry; ...
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Translation and context of 'faciam ut potero'

What is the most accurate translation to English of this expression FACIAM UT POTERO I think this appears in some Ovidius's poem and is a motto of an school of lawyers in Spain.
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Ex Occulto Unitas — is that the correct syntax for a motto?

I have little knowledge of Latin grammar — and few resources in Japan. I am attempting to create a fictional agency in a novel and its accompanying motto: From Secrecy, Unity. My attempted ...
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What would be the correct translation for “Out of few, many”?

I'm looking for a modification of the famous slogan E pluribus unum which translates to Out of many, one and is the traditional motto of the United States. Instead I want to say Out of few, many. What ...
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Translation of a Macklemore lyric

We are creating our own family crest, and would like a translation of a lyric "no freedom til we're equal". I've looked on Google Translate, but quickly realised it's going to end up reading like a ...
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“Malo” in Motto Maelstrom

The motto for Concordia University Saint Paul (MN) reads: "In litteris proficere volo, malo diligere Jesum." The CSP website, magazine (Spring 2009), and various internet sources offer these ...