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What should the corona virus be called in Latin?

A Latin professor in a classical highschool in Italy adopted the translation virus coronarium that appeared on this article of Ephemeris, an online newspaper in Latin, published on February 22. The ...
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Could one consider using Latin as a daily casual language these days?

You seem to be addressing several issues in this question. To start from the bottom line: Latin is already being used right now as a daily casual language. Not even a small reserve about this ...
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What Latin word could I use to refer to a grocery store?

The word to use is probably macellum. Lewis & Short offers: macellum, i (macellus, i, m., Mart. 10, 96, 9), n. root μαχ-; cf. Gr. μάχομαι, to fight; cf. μάχαιρα, μάχη, and mactāre; prop. butcher'...
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Could one consider using Latin as a daily casual language these days?

Latin is used regularly within the Vatican and Catholic Church, so depending on what you mean by daily usage I think that fulfills that requirement. There are also a lot of loan words that make their ...
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Is there any way one could say "Hardcore Gamer"?

I'd say lusor studiosissimus. The word lusor means "player" in general, from ludere, and I don't think we should expect a closer hit for "gamer". The adjective studiosus comes from ...
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Indeclinables: What are the strategies good Latinists use to deal with them?

As cmw says, the most common solution was to simply…ignore the problem. In many cases, the ambiguity isn't particularly bad; there's a default of putting the subject before the object, and the context ...
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"Let the fu—rs rot"

First, this let is translated as the present subjunctive (as in “let there be light” – fiat lux from fieri, to be made, to come into existence). Second, defututus means – well – to quote Lewis & ...
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Indeclinables: What are the strategies good Latinists use to deal with them?

You may not like it, but word order is necessary, and in fact is what was done with the Vulgate: Matthew 1.2: Abraham genuit Isaac Isaac autem genuit Iacob Iacob autem genuit Iudam et fratres eius ...
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How would you say "cafe" in Latin?

There have already been a few answers, but I have always liked the Morgan and Silva Furman University Lexicon, so here are the terms it gives for "cafe": thermopolium, -i, n. taberna ...
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How do you say "online" and "offline" in Latin?

For “online” you could say: colligatus (from colligare) conexus (from conectere, note: long o, single n!) Thus for “offline” you could say: incolligatus inconexus Or you could go a different route ...
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"Let the fu—rs rot"

My vote would go for: Fellatores in malam crucem Unlike some of the other suggestions you might come across, fellator ("sucker") is an attested obscenity. It seems to be a favorite of ...
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Latin in the European Parliament

Probably you refer to the event that involved the speakers Mario Capanna and Otto von Habsburg. Capanna was an extreme left-wing Italian member, who made a speech in Latin in the session of November ...
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How would you say "cafe" in Latin?

De hac re nullam auctoritatem superiorem scio quam @NemoOudeis, qui vocabulum taberna caffearia sive in brevi taberna scribit: https://twitter.com/search?q=%40nemooudeis%20taberna
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How would you say "cafe" in Latin?

I would suggest that if the Romans knew about coffee, it would most likely come via Greek, since coffee originated even further to the East in Ethiopia. The Modern Greek word for "cafe" is καφενείο, ...
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A verb for Googling in Latin

I can think of many ways of going about this, but for such an unapologetically modern idea I think the best approach may be to observe how other related modern languages have solved this problem and ...
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How do I address an email in Latin to my Latin professor?

Roman letters often included the name of both sender and recipient in the greeting. Take, for example, Cicero's letters to Atticus. Epistula 1.1 Scr. Romae m. Quint. a. 689 (65). CICERO ATTICO ...
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How to translate "Winter Bash"?

A key feature of the Winter Bash is having hats. A particular kind of hat, pilleus also played a role in the Roman Saturnalia. To emphasize the role of hats, I would suggest Saturnalia pilleata.
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What should the corona virus be called in Latin?

One option is to turn the determiner "corona" into an adjective. That would lead to something like virus coronatum, "a crowned virus". I think it makes sense to keep the word virus ...
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What is "express" in Latin?

David Morgan's lexicon (warning: big file) suggests citatus, -a, -um for "express" in this context. His suggestions for "express train" are: tramen* citatum, hamaxostichus* ...
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Does the Latin language have an official flag?

Languages don't usually have flags Very few languages have flags per se. For example, the Finnish flag stands for Finland, a constitutionally bilingual country, not the Finnish language, which is ...
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How to have my hair cut?

How about something more straightforward, from Plautus's Asinaria: Ad tonsorem ire dixit. He said he was going to the barber. But if you're not going to a barber per se, just going to get a haircut (...
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A word for form

According to the Morgan and Silva Furman University Lexicon, you have two options for the entry "form (document with blanks to fill in)": formula -ae f. schida formularia Now, schida formularia is ...
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Is there an operating system entirely in Latin?

Regarding Linux, there seem to have never existed such OS (but non existence hard to prove). As this is an open-source OS, it is based on collaboration, and as such, translation are made by ...
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Toilet paper orientation

Fieri solet ut charta mundatoria sit in capulo binis modibus ponenda. In vulgus gratus est modus quo charta procidit summo de volumine. In altero modo retro decidit charta iuxta parietem. I think ...
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How does a computer crash in Latin?

This was cited in the answer to a recent question as the de facto standard for Latin technology vocabulary by C. M. Weimer. Acording to it, the verbs corruo and collabor are enough for a soft crash. ...
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How do I welcome someone in Latin?

Pekkanen's dictionary suggests salve advenis/advenitis or bene adveneris/adveneritis, but I found no classical attestations of these. These are understandable phrases, but I don't know how canonical ...
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What are the benefits of studying Latin?

I am a novice student of Latin. I found the following summary from the Department of the Classics at the University of Illinois in Urbana - Champaign rewarding. I've reproduced it here in part, and ...
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Are there official Latin translators?

In the Czech Republic there are many diplomas issued in Latin (definitely the largest Charles University does so) and hence official translation services are available. The services do include ...
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How do you say 'same to you' as a reply to a greeting?

Fear not, when it comes to courtesies, Erasmus usually has you covered. So also in this case. A true renaissance man would, of course, with his pocket edition of the Colloquia ready, not simply have ...
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