A Short Latin Phrases Lesson from an Ignoramus


Ad Hoc – Always seen in job descriptions as “ad hoc tasks may be assigned”. This is their way to justify all the nonsense that they make you do.

Ad Hominem — You can use this during online arguments. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know its meaning. This will make you sound logical and smart.

Carpe Diem – A more intelligent way of saying YOLO.

Circa – If you don’t know the exact date but want to sound smart.

De Facto – You can’t do something about it. (maybe due to some bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo)

Ergo – A pretentious way of saying “therefore. It gives the illusion that you are logical.

Etc. – This handy little word makes it appear that you know more than you do.

In Flagrante Delicto – One of the most favorite phrases of lawyers.

Ipso Facto – Not an alternative fact.

Mea Culpa – Saying that it’s your own fault elegantly.

Pro Bono – People who like Bono.

Status Quo – Bureaucracy at its finest.

Terra Incognita – Today’s world.

Vox Populi – A new form of virus perhaps?

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18 thoughts on “A Short Latin Phrases Lesson from an Ignoramus

  1. It is homorous and intriguing how you describe these Latin phrases.
    I had studied Latin in school, but there we only learned to translate the language.
    So I taught myself how to write and speak the language. But I haven’t used the language for many years and that is why I wrote a post entirely in Latin some time ago.
    Your post reminds me, however, that I should continue writing in Latin.
    I think it is useful to record important moments of life in Latin. It demonstrates just how glorious and memorable the experiences described are.
    Latin is still useful in the modern age and there are still others who can read it.
    Happy New Year to you. I gave you some likes as a New Year present. I hope you return the favour!~
    – Dyami


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