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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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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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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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What should the corona virus be called in Latin?

The corona virus (or a specific kind thereof) is a hot topic, and one should of course be able to discuss it in Latin. But what should we call the thing in Latin? Both corona and virus are Latin words,...
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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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“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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What Latin word could I use to refer to a grocery store?

I would like to say "I am eating in the grocery store", and so far I have come up with "edo in foro" and "edo in emporio". But I'm not sure if either of these would be the best fit. What word would ...
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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?...
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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 “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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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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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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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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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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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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A verb for networking

What would be a good Latin verb for networking? I don't mean the study of computer networks, but the verb "to network" in the sense of making new acquaintances for business or other purpose. In ...
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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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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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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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Is there a New Latin word for Cyborg?

Good day! Originally cyborg came from English cybernatic organism. In Latin that would of course be organismus cyberneticus. Given the mouthful of that, it is no wonder that people tend to simply use ...
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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 “rough draft” in Latin?

Suppose I'm preparing a speech for the Senate floor, and I want to make sure it sounds just right before I present it. So I come up with a rough draft, then revise it several times until I'm satisfied ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Living Latin term for work (in contrast with life outside of work)?

I know that there is no Classical concept of work in contrast with life (as in "I was at work yesterday" or "At work, people did X", etc.), but I was wondering if there is any post-Classical Latin ...
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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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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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What are the proper terms for students?

I'm curious about appropriate terms for students. What should I call somebody in: Primary school Secondary school College/university undergraduate program College/university postgraduate program
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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 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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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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Translation of “One who leads the way”

I have a grad student as a Latin teacher. I don't feel comfortable addressing him as teacher, magister, or any other title because he doesn't really command his classroom. Rather, he guides us in ...
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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 is “right of way”?

What is "right of way" (in the sense of being allowed to go first in traffic) in Latin? Is there by any chance an attested expression for essentially the same thing? I would like a phrase suitable for ...
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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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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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What is “formatting” in Latin?

I would like to adapt the proverb dē gustibus nōn est disputandum ("there's no accounting for taste") to refer to formatting—the layout of text on a page, the font selection, the use of ...
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What can be used as a Latin word for “Meltdown” (in the sense used for people with Autism)?

I have a lesser form of Autism (that generally doesn't really manifest much unless people actually live with me or in specific situations) and sometimes I can have a meltdown. I write a journal in ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Were there common Latin stutter words? [duplicate]

In English, we say often say 'um' when we're trying to think about the next word to say. In Japanese it's 'anno.' Is there a known phrase like this in Latin?