Quicquid latine dictum sit altum viditur! ("Whatever is said in Latin sounds profound!") This fascinating guide to words, phrases, mottoes, and sayings offers a fresh look at the foundational language of English. Includes pronunciation guide; brief biographies of Latin authors; subject index; and separate listings of ecclesiastical expressions, legal terms, and familiar proverbs. 224 pages, softcover from Oxford University.
This authoritative and highly browsable guide provides an enlightening account of the meaning and history of Latin words and phrases that have entered the English language. Readers will find over 1000 phrases, sayings, mottoes, and proverbs, translated with examples of usage and fascinating citations and explanations of their first occurrence. A detailed A-Z appendix lists all Latin authors from Augustine to Virgil, together with details of their life and work. A thematic index offers immediate access to the maxims and phrases relating to such topics as death, betrayal, gossip, love, and money.
A Dictionary of Latin Words and Phrases will be an entertaining and instructive source of information for word lovers of all varieties, from the crossword aficionado to speech-writers, historians, literature buffs, the savvy general reader, and anyone properly curious about Latin's influence on English.
Formerly Head of Classics at Harrow, James Morwood is a Fellow at Wadham College and Grocyn Lecturer for the Literae Humaniores Faculty.