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How to say “black market” in Latin?

How does one say "black market" in Latin? According to the OED, this word first originated in English in 1727.
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How do you say “anything is possible” in Latin?

If you wanted to say that anything is possible in Latin, how would you do it? One possibility I thought of was something like: Omne posse I'm not sure that omne quite captures the nuance of anything ...
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Usage of quidquid: “dominetur piscibus aquatilibus … et quidquid in terra movetur”

In Gen. 1:26 by Sebastian Castellio: ita fatur: Faciamus hominem ad imaginem nostram, nostri similem, qui dominetur piscibus aquatilibus, volucribus aereis, pecudibus, denique toti terrae, et ...
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Is Greek ἀρά, prayer, cognate with Latin ara, altar?

Is Greek ἀρά, prayer, cognate with Latin ara, altar? Wiktionary had ἀράομαι, with the etymology pointing to a red-linked ἀρά. I created an entry for ἀρά based on LSJ, but I have no source of ...
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The verb 'utor' in gerundive constructions

I was wondering about the logic of the usage of the verb utor in gerundive constructions. The following relevant quote is from Woodcock's (1959: 164) A New Latin Syntax: "one can say ad hanc rem ...
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What would an election campaign be called in Latin?

Our site has its first election now and the voting period starts in 12 hours. Therefore it is a good moment to figure out some of the election vocabulary in Latin. What would be a good Latin word for ...
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Why subjunctive mood in this sentence from a Vatican document?

In this recent question we looked at the following sentence from the apostolic constitution Provida Mater Ecclesia: § 2. Instituta, salvis communibus iuris canonici normis quae ipsa respiciant, ...
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Is “Ut facerem sed retro oblitus” idiomatic for “I was going to, but then I got distracted and forgot”?

I translated "I would have done it, but turned and forgot" via google translate, hoping that phrasing would be end up with a more idiomatic latin phrase. Otherwise, how do I convey the ...
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What does “Prout necessitas ferat atque experientia suffragetur” translate to in English?

What would this latin sentence mean : "Prout necessitas ferat atque experientia suffragetur" ? No idea... Note: found in this link
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What is “A man only does something that sits easily with his conscience.” translated into Latin?

The infamous and long-discredited legal defence: "I was only obeying orders.", has become almost the traditional excuse for cowardice & brutality. Of the legal (There is a higher moral ...
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Is “Te id dicente id non fit.” good Latin for “You saying so does not make it so.”?

Is "Te id dicente id non fit." good Latin for "You saying so does not make it so."? There are a couple of things I am not sure about it. When the participle is in ablative ("...
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Understanding the sentence “Cum avis volat, alae moventur” from LLPSI

In Cap. X of LLPSI, Ørberg introduces these three sentences: Cum avis volat, alae moventur. Cum homo ambulat, pedes moventur. Cum piscis natat, cauda movetur. While I understand the general meaning ...
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In Matthew 27, why does the Vulgate call the graves of people who were resurrected along with Jesus “monumentum”, but Jesus's grave “sepulchrum”?

In Matthew 27, why does the Vulgate call the graves of people who were resurrected along with Jesus "monumentum", but Jesus's grave "sepulchrum"? Matthew 27:53 says, in Vulgate: ...
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Tellus' “briny robes”

I read in Keats' Hyperion: [...] No, by Tellus and her briny robes! (Hyperion, 246) Tellus is a Latin goddess, her Greek counterpart being Gaia. I am looking for the Greek or Latin source of the ...
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Is there any rule for determining whether a verb beginning with ε- will augment to η- vs ει-, or must all verbs' behaviors be memorized?

For instance, the verb ἐλευθερῶ augments to ἠλευθέρουν in the past, whereas the verb ἔχω augments to εἶχον (not ἦχον as might have been predicted).
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Latin justification for the English word tradent

I was reading the following thread https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/tradent.3819293/ - There it is stated that the English word tradent, according to the OED means Chiefly in Rabbinic Jewish ...
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How to say “in a certain respect” in Latin?

How does one say the adverbial phrase "in a certain respect" or "in certain respects" in Latin? For example, would whatever under a certain condition is such-and-such, is such-and-...
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Translate “I will cast my shadow” into Latin

I want to translate I will cast my shadow into Latin. This phrase is inspired from a poem by Horace, that has the line: Pulvis et Umbra Sumus My interpretation of this is that we are simply our ...
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Homeric hapax legomenon ἐγγεινομαι — is it not real?

There is a 2018 thesis by Alexandra Kozak, "Le Dictionnaire des hapax dans la poésie grecque archaïque, d'Homère à Eschyle," freely downloadable from https://tel.archives-ouvertes.fr/tel-...
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In Vulgate Lk 22: 62, “Et egressus foras Petrus flevit amare.”, it says. How to understand “flevit amare”?

I know "flevit" means "wept" and "amare" means "to love", but the Greek text is "ἔκλαυσεν πικρῶς", which means "wept bitterly". If I parse ...
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recordor + genitive?

In the Vulgate, Gen 8:1, we have Recordatus autem Deus Noë, cunctorumque animantium, et omnium jumentorum, quæ erant cum eo in arca, adduxit spiritum super terram, et immunitæ sunt aquæ. I would ...
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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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What is the ancient Greek word for apprenticeship?

I'm looking for an ancient Greek word that denotes a trainee craftsman's regime of study under a master, I found the word μαθητεία but I'm unsure if that is a word in ancient Greek or only in modern ...
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In Vulgate, Matthaeus 4:23, it says “et prædicans Evangelium regni”. Shouldn't it be “regno” (dative) rather than “regni” (genitive)?

In Vulgate, Matthaeus 4:23, it says "et prædicans Evangelium regni". Shouldn't it be "regno" (dative) rather than "regni" (genitive)? He was talking the gospel TO the ...
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Why did Cicero use The Royal “We”?

Thanks to Ben Kovitz who, in Q: "gerund + genitive" vs "gerund+accusative" ("scribendo epistulas" vs "scribendo epistularum"), pointed out Cicero's referring to ...
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Why is intereo not declined like habeo?

Why is intereo not declined like habeo? I thought all verbs ending in -eo were second conjugation. However, the 3rd person singular if habeo is habet, but the 3rd person singular of intereo is interit....
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How do you say “Forum Friends” in Latin?

In English, if you have people you are friends with from a forum (online or otherwise), you could call them "forum friends". How would you say this in Latin? Can you decline forum as a ...
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What are the precise meaning of “in-law” terms?

What is the exact definition of the in-law terms? Note that Latin terms do not necessarily align with English terms. For example, Latin patruus, and avunculus are both English "uncle" (on ...
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Dealing with 2 genitives “The farmer's daughter loves the waters of the forest”

Would the right translation be this? Filia agricolae aquas silvae amat Is this correct? I feel that I'm missing something since the order of the words could be anywhere and then you would just assume ...
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“gerund + genitive” vs “gerund+accusative” (“scribendo epistulas” vs “scribendo epistularum”)

So far I was thinking the way of saying "He spends time in writing letters" (example from A&G) might be terit tempus scribendo epistulas or terit tempus scribendis epistulis. But can ...
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Were iuvenēs expected to squander the family fortune?

Within the familia there are inevitable tensions between members of the various hierarchies that govern it: fathers and sons, men and women, slave and free. As a servant of two masters, adulescens and ...
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How do you phrase didactic statements in Latin?

In English, if we want to state rule or some didactic principle, we use the indefinite article. So, for example, we might say "A car drives on the right side of the road." meaning that we ...
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Is “dentibus” ablative in “Lupus collum ovis petit dentibus…”

In Cap. IX of LLPSI Pars I, Ørberg tells the story of a black sheep wandering into the forest where it's confronted by a wolf. The wolf finds the sheep alone in the darkness of the forest, and the ...
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The idea of In versus On in Latin

The Latin word "in" is conventionally given in vocabularies as meaning "in or on" but it seems mean more like "associated with" because it mean attached to or bunch of ...
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The translation of “What would Caesar do?” in classical Latin

The translation of "What would Caesar do?" in classical Latin. I've researched a lot and I've not found any evidence of what this phrase would be in classical Latin. Any guest? I'm trying to ...
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How would you say “don't let up” in latin?

I'm trying to find a translation for this phrase, with the meaning of "don't let up" to be similar to "don't stop," or "don't give up," or "don't give in." ...
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What does “Bene agere et laetari” mean?

What does bene agere et laetari mean in English? I can't find a good translation for this phrase.
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Was avē truly pronounced with an “unspelled /h/”?

According to the etymology at Wiktionary, avē derived from a Punic word with an initial /h/, and was pronounced as such in the Classical period even though the word was spelt without. Is this claim, ...
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How do you say “good morning” in Latin?

Are there different ways to say good morning in Latin? Would bene mane be okay?
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Pronunciation of intervocalic EV in Greek words in Roman Ecclesiastical

For example evangelium, which in Greek, and hence in Classical, has an ambisyllabic1 [w:], giving [ɛw:a]. How are this and similar words pronounced in (preferrably sung) Roman Ecclesiastical? Is it as ...
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“Quidam usque adeo Demeae sunt, ingenioque agresti, ut vix salutati resalutent.”

In the colloquia familiara of Erasmus we find: Quidam usque adeo Demeae sunt, ingenioque agresti, ut vix salutati resalutent. What I have: Some are so Demea with uncultivated natural character to ...
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Objectum quod vs objectum quo

Could use some help on this translation, especially the bolded sections. Objectum huius amoris est duplex: quod, & quo. Objectum quod est creatura sive homo, qui creatura Dei est. Objectum quo ...
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Etymology of εὔκοπος

This seems to be a koine word meaning easy. LSJ has it and the verb κοπάζω, but the English wiktionary didn't have either. I added both to wiktionary. It seems obvious that the etymology of κοπάζω is ...
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What role does “municipatum” play in this sentence?

The abbot Berno of Reichenau, in the opening sentence of his Prologus in Tonarium, some time between 1021 and 1036, called himself the following: licet parvus meritis, servus tamen Dei Genitricis ...
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Evidence about pronunciation of ευ and αυ in Homeric Greek?

In modern Greek, a word like ευχαριστώ is pronounced like "ef-." The combinations ευ and αυ sometimes have the upsilon pronounced like β and sometimes like φ. (I'm not sure how variable it ...
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Why is *dōna* the plural acc. Instead of *donos* like the rest of the 2nd declensions?

I am currently studying the declensions for nouns (currently on the 2nd one) and saw this difference. amīcōs, fīliōs, agrōs VS dōna
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What is the Latin translation of “don't let a log get under your skin”?

By "log", I mean a literal piece of tree, at least a foot long and too big to pick up with just one hand. By "get under your skin" I mean making you angry like trolls like to do. I ...
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How to say “I am falling in love with this language”?

What I currently have for this is probably a literal translation: In amor cum haec lingua cado Thank you 🙏
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How to express shared ownership of several individuals

The distinction between shared ownership and private ownership of individuals is well illustrated in Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style: If Jeanette has some pencils and ...
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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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