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A software in Latin?

I visited a webpage translating a bunch of IT words into Latin. So, I know the vocabulary does exist. As I'm an avid language learner, sometimes I play to download apps and softwares in foreign ...
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Latin in the European Parliament

I vaguely remember that once the following happened in the European Parliament: One member of the parliament delivered a speech in Latin, and afterwards another member stood up and answered the speech ...
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Are there official Latin translators?

A colleague had this problem recently: A degree certificate from their home university was issued in Latin, but they need it in English or Finnish for the purpose of a grant application. Apparently no ...
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What is a “click” in Greek or Latin?

Linguistically, "clicks" are a type of sound found in certain African languages, mostly Khoisan and Southern Bantu. The English word is also used for various other sharp, high-pitched noises (like ...
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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 are auscultatores?

In honor of the last broadcast of the Nuntiī Latinī: Nuntii Latini Radiophoniae Finnicae Generalis, qui inde ab anno millesimo nongentesimo undenonagesimo (1989) iam triginta annos septimanatim ...
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What is a “sockpuppet”?

Inspired by a recent meta question, which I had to write in English for lack of appropriate Latin vocabulary: A "sockpuppet", on the internet, is an alternate identity someone creates for nefarious ...
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Can I submit a manuscript with 'submittere'?

As a scientist, I frequently find myself submitting a manuscript to a journal for peer review and hopefully publication. What would be a good Latin verb for this sense of "submit"? It could also be a ...
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What should we call the space beyond the world?

To the Romans, if I understand right, the word caelum "sky" incorporated everything above the earth: the atmosphere, the space beyond it, and even the thrones of the gods. But nowadays we divide ...
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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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Audio and video… and tango?

Audio and video are two (apparently XX-century) concepts. Both take the same form as 1st-person sing., present tense Latin verbs. Wiktionary articles for the English words (audio, video) assert that ...
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Latin terms in (medical) clinical letters - UK

Today I came across this news article. In short, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (in the UK) is providing new guidelines to medical doctors on the writing of clinical letters to patients. Among ...
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How to say “viral” in Latin?

Consider the phrase: The video went viral How could the concept of "viral" in the above meaning be expressed in Latin? This is clearly a recent word, so there will not be a native one. Virus is ...
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How would one talk about an “algorithm”?

Suppose I want to discuss an algorithm in Latin: that is, a series of steps to calculate a result from an input, usually involving mathematical formulae. How would I say this? The English word came ...
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How does ancient and modern arbitration differ?

There is a legal thing called arbitration in modern world, and the Romans seem to have had the word arbitratio. I wonder whether the modern arbitration and the Roman arbitratio (and the related words ...
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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 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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What is the best Latin word for “career”?

What would be the best Latin word(s) for "career", to be used together with a specification such as "academic", "military", or "industrial"? The Roman phrase cursus honorum might refer too ...
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What would be a traffic circle or roundabout in Latin?

Out of idle curiosity, how would you translate "traffic circle" or "roundabout" into Latin? I assume the Romans did not have them, but there must be some analogues to draw on. The best I could think ...
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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 “fan”?

What would be a good Latin translation for "fan", a fanatic supporter or follower of a sports team, an artist, or some such thing? I realize that the English word is short for "fanatic", which in ...
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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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How to translate “clearance”?

How could I translate the word "clearance" to Latin? I mean it in the sense of a security clearance, a background check to gain authorization to access some information or a location. The most fitting ...
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What is “spam”?

Having taken care of some spam profiles on this site recently, I started to wonder how "spam" might best be translated to Latin. Since the word "spam" itself appears not to have a Latin origin, the ...
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What would a Roman license plate number look like? [closed]

My state recently changed the formatting of our license plate numbers (from 123-ABC to ABC-1234) in an effort to increase the number of available plate numbers. This got me thinking as to what a Roman ...
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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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What are the benefits of studying Latin?

Many of us have studied Latin simply because we enjoy it, and many have found use for it when studying something like philosophy or history where Latin materials are commonplace. However, I am not ...
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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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How do I welcome someone in Latin?

When someone comes to visit me at my villa, I would like to greet them and welcome them in. I know how to welcome English ("welcome"), German ("wilkommen"), and French ("bienvenue") guests in a single ...
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Is there a Latin idiom for a set date for an event?

Suppose I have a meeting, a court hearing, or any event that is set by some authority at a specific time in the future. Is there a word for such a "due date"? I don't mean a deadline (see the separate ...
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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 do I address an email in Latin to my Latin professor?

How do I address an email in Latin to my Latin professor? How is the greeting supposed to look?
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With which verb can I park a car?

What would be a good Latin translation for the verb "to park"? I mean contexts like "I parked my car in front of his house". I would prefer to have a classically attested verb, so my main question is ...
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Bullying vocabulary

I am not familiar with any mentions of bullying in Roman literature, so I would like to ask for good words for the phenomenon in classical Latin. I would like something that is suitable for bullying ...
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What is a digit?

Is there a good Latin word for a digit or figure? I might want to say that the sum of the digits of 43 is 7 or that an actor was paid a six-figure salary for a movie. It occurred to me that I don't ...
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Is there a good word for vacation?

It occurred to me that I don't know a good Latin word for a vacation. I don't mean a celebration, or any religious or other public event, but just a period of time I have decided to take off work. The ...
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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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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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What is on or off topic?

When defining the scope of a site like this one, we need to decide what is on topic and what is off topic. How can I discuss such things in Latin? It can be a pair of adjectives or some other ...
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What to call an old people's service home?

When an elderly person is no longer capable of or willing to live on their own, they can choose to move something I would call a "service home"1. Such institutions offer a variety of services: ...
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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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“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 word for form

What would be a good Latin word for "form"? I mean the word in the sense it has in "To order our new Latin language product, please fill in this online form". I was unable to find this sense of the ...
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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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How to say four-digit years without so many syllables

In English speech, we say the year 1992 not as "one thousand nine hundred ninety-two" but "nineteen ninety-two": five syllables rather than nine. Has a convention like that evolved for Latin? (It's ...
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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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Are there movies or subtitles for movies in Latin?

First and foremost, I am looking for films mostly spoken in Latin (not just a few scenes). My search so far has been fairly unfruitful. Most of the "films" available seem to be amateur (by students of ...
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Is there any country or town where Latin is spoken daily?

It seems no country nowadays has Latin as official language, besides the Vatican. However, it seems Italian is the lingua franca of the Vatican. Is there any town where Latin is commonly spoken today?...