TEN FUN THINGS TO SAY IN LATIN
Requested by @ChrisK // this took me SO LONG to write because there are so many Latin things I love and I have problems with making choices 😰
- 1.Huc illuc / hic illicHuc and hic are forms of the word that means "this/these" and illuc/illic are forms of the word meaning "that/those", so putting these two together means "this way and that" which is awesome. It's also fun to say: (phonetically) hoooook iloooook and heeeeek ileeeek 😊
- 2.Tacite omnes!The basic translation is "be quiet, all!" But I prefer "shut up, everyone!" Pronunciation: tak-eet-ay ohm-nays
- 3.ConspicioThis word is fun to say: kohn-speek-ee-oh. Also, it's meaning is awesome: "I catch sight of". ALSO it has a cognate to the English word "conspicuous" 👍🏽
- 4.MinimePronounced meen-eee-may. It means "no way" (strong negative). The final syllable is elongated and the first two are spoken extra quickly so it's super fun to say when someone makes an outrageous suggestion: "do you want to go to the jb concert with me Tuesday night?" "Minimeeeeeeeeee!!!"
- 5.Satis estPronounced sah-tees ehst. It is spoken quickly so it sounds like one word: sahteesehst. It means "it is enough." You can say it when someone is pouring you a drink or grinding your pepper, or when you speak in a discussion and come to that awkward end point when you have nothing left to say but your statement doesn't feel conclusive...of course no one will know what you mean but whatever.
- 6.litora, multum ille et terris iactatus et altoThis one is a bit intimidating. Pronunciation: lee-tor-ah moolt-eel-eht teh-reese yahk-tah-toos et all-toe. It's from Virgil's Aeneid (I.3) and is hard to translate because it's not a complete thought so never mind that. But if you say it quickly it sounds awesome.
- 7.Orbis terrarumThis one is both fun to say and such a cool concept. Pronunciation: oar-bees tehr-ah-room (roll Rs). It means literally "circle of lands" which is a Latin idiom for the earth / world. I find this idiom extremely adorable.
- 8.SalveThis just cracks me up because it totally looks like the English word (see attached photo) but in Latin it is pronounced sahl-way. It means "greetings" and is used in the way we use "hello". For the plural, if you're greeting many people, you say "salvete"- pronounced "sahl-way-tay" 👍🏾
- 9.ValeFor the sake of consistency, here's the word for "goodbye." These two (salve and vale) are so fun for me to say that I say them all the time out of any Latinate context and everyone gives me funny looks ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ vale is pronounced "wall-ay" and again the plural is "valete"--wall-ay-tay
- 10.Semper / saepeI guess I'm sorta cheating by putting two in one here but these are such confusing little butt-heads. Semper, pronounced sehm-pear, means "always". Saepe, pronounced "sigh-pay", means "often". They sound so similar and mean similar things, which drove me crazy as a seventh grader. Now, sometimes these two get stuck in my head and I just repeat them over and over and over... "Semper saepe, semper saepe, semper saepe..." They start to sound really cute after a while 💞