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For questions about using Latin or Greek to speak about technology. For using modern technology to write these languages, see the tags 'latin-on-devices' and 'greek-on-devices'.

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What did the Romans think about new technology?

Are there any attested texts where a Roman comments on some new technology? The modern world sees a constant flux of them, but technological advancement was slower in antiquity and I do not recall ...
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Wifi or Wireless fidelity in Latin?

Salvē! I am new here and searched the questions, but could not find anything. In another site somebody suggested: interrete trans spiritum, but this seems too long. Maybe a catchy abbreviation such as ...
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What is a "robot" in Latin?

I read in Wikipedia the word robotum and robotor. Also, there is automaton, and androides. I don't see such a word in the [short online version of the] Lexicon Recentis Latinatis by the Vatican (which ...
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Translation to Latin: "Forward engineering"

I am looking for a new name for my engineering company. I want to translate the English phrase 'Forward engineering' into Latin language.
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What should we call a laptop?

This question arose the other day in our chat room: What is a laptop in Latin? There are several possible ways to approach this. It feels most reasonable to me to take a word for "computer" and ...
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What is the term for extremely loose Latin word order?

For a Latin-language artificial intelligence called Mensa Latina the user manual will need to discuss and therefore refer to the phenomenon in Latin prose where meaning comes from grammar and ...
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How to download an entire text from Perseus?

This is a technical question, but I hope it's on topic. The Perseus project contains lots and lots of Latin and Greek texts (and other languages too). I sometimes want to download an entire text from ...
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Did Frontinus mention siphons?

On a rather informative website on aqueducts, I came across the following passage: Frontinus is another classical author who wrote about aqueducts. Around 100 AD he was supervising the aqueducts of ...
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An error message in Latin for my programming language

I am writing a piece of software that translates programs into programs (a "compiler", in informatics lingo) and my source language allows the programmer to specify Latin numerals. In case the ...
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What is the difference between "return" and "yield"?

In the Python programming language, "yield" and "return" are keywords with specific meanings. A function can either yield a result (sending that result back and then continuing to work), or return it ...
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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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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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How to "undelete" in Stack Exchange in Latin?

In the Stack Exchange network questions, answers, and comments can be undeleted. What would be a good Latin verb for "undelete" in this context? To "delete" is naturally delere, but I see no good way ...
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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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"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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A source of information on Roman mints

I would like to understand how the Romans minted coins. Mining, smelting and refining are no mystery; I can envision ways in which uniform coin-blanks might have been made : but the big problems are (...
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A plausible technical term for 'boiler'

I'm looking for a word for 'boiler' as in the phrase 'the ship's boiler nearly burst', but I can't think of anything remotely suitable. Perhaps there is something obvious that I can't bring to mind? ...
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"User" in Greek in the English technical sense of the word

As I don't have an English Greek dictionary myself, I was wondering if anyone could tell me how I could translate the word "user" into Ancient Greek in its technical sense used on sites such as this ...
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Putting a mobile phone in airplane mode

Having flown quite a bit over the last few months, the vocabulary is fresh in my mind — but only in English. How can I say "my mobile phone is in airplane mode" in Latin? There are a couple of ...
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A verb for Googling in Latin

In English "Google" has become a verb meaning "to search using Google". In Finnish the name "Google" is not a valid verb, so it has been modified to "googlata" which is conjugated regularly. How ...
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Is there an operating system entirely in Latin?

It would be a great learning tool to have the OS (operating system) in my computer completely in Latin. Does such OS exist? Or, maybe, did such OS exist in the past, and was not longer maintained? ...
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Quo modo dicitur "application"?

Qua voce Latina tradidi potest vox Anglica "application"? Non de theoria adhibenda ago, sed de programmatis telephonulorum (sive telephonorum mobilium) vel computatrorum hac voce Anglica appellatis. ...
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How to translate "the Force" from Star Wars?

In Star Wars movies — and other media — there is an important concept called the Force. It is a magical energy field surrounding everything and giving special abilities for those who ...
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What is "express" in Latin?

Express buses, express trains, and express lifts — and maybe some other express things — are vehicles that have unusually few stops and are therefore faster than others. What would be a ...
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Translating "machines" and "people"

What are the Latin words for machines and people? I want to use them as names of wireless networks. I am not sure how accurate Google translate is, but it suggests machinae and populo. Are those even ...
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Toilet paper orientation

Toilet paper orientation is the source of some amount of debate, and it turns out it even has a dedicated Wikipedia page. For reasons partly beyond my comprehension, I would like to describe this ...
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How does a computer crash in Latin?

I wrote up a lengthy question to ask here, but my computer crashed and I lost it. Instead of reproducing the question just now, I would like to know how to describe the situation in Latin. The only ...
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What is information technology in Latin?

How to say "information technology" in Latin? The Latin Wikipedia offers technologia informationis, but the genitive does not sound good to me. It is more natural to use an adjective, like ...
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What is "user account" in Latin?

I was thinking about expanding our help page in Latin, and I realized I don't know a good expression for "user account" in Latin. A "user" can be reasonably translated as usor, but "account" is harder....
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What is the process for translating modern words like "tablet" or "smartphone" into Latin?

What is the process for translating modern words into Latin? For example, Latin Wikipedia has entries for tablet computatrum tabulare and smartphone sophophonum. Is there any particular process for ...
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