Family Word Snacks: Latin Phrases You Should Know

Tuned In Parents: Family Word Snacks - Latin phrases you should know

The influence of Latin in English and foreign languages is huge. Many of English prefixes, suffixes, derivations, phrases, legal and medical terms are Latin. In fact, an estimated 30% of our vocabulary have Latin roots. Therefore, being familiar with the “dead language” can breathe life into more words than you can count!

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Here are some Latin words and phrases you should know.

  • a posteriori: from the latter (based upon evidence; not existing in the mind prior to or independent of experience)
  • a priori: from what comes before (based on deductive reasoning, not empirical evidence; existing in the mind prior to and independent of experience)
  • amor vincit omnia: love conquers all
  • bona fide: good faith (also: genuine or authentic)
  • caveat emptor: buyer beware
  • cogito ergo sum: I think therefore I am.
  • quid pro quo: one thing in return for the other

For more, I recommend reading Mental Floss’ list of 20 Latin phrases.


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-Elle C.

About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children's book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and "make it workology," she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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