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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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What is the process for translating modern words like "tablet" or "smartphone" into Latin?

Basically, your second option is correct. There is the Vatican's Lexicon Recentis Latínitátis, referred to in the comment, but its approach to Latin is very idiosyncratic; debates over neologisms ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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How would you say "cafe" in Latin?

Ainsworth's Dictionary (abridged) of 1758 suggests kuphipolium for coffee-house, and kupha for coffee.
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What is "user account" in Latin?

After searching for classical words that were used to similar effect, I have two suggestions for the word account: breviarium and summarium. My preference is for breviarium, which means "a summary, ...
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What is information technology in Latin?

As I've mentioned elsewhere, I'm not a huge fan of Vicipædia, and this is part of the reason why. Technologia informátiónis is fine as far as a literal translation of the words, but it feels very un-...
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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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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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What is "right of way"?

Certainly, ius indicates the right to take some sort of action, so I should think that either ius itineris ('right of route') or ius transitus ('right of crossing') would be generally suitable as a ...
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What is a digit?

As you say, the concept of digits is only meaningful if you are using Indian/Arabic numbers. These became known in Latin Europe by the 12th century, and with them the use of “digitus” for the numbers ...
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"Mind the gap!"

ON "PLATFORM": Crepidinem seems most suitable for 3 reasons: crepidinem is the most visually interesting in English This assessment is, of course, subjective, but aesthetics are subjective, and a ...
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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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Audio and video... and tango?

The Oxford English Dictionary indicates that the O in audio, video and radio comes from the O found in Greek compounds, which was used in scientific vocabulary built from Latin and Greek roots: e.g. ...
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