A little bit of Latin

Via the Book Depository August newsletter and applied language, some Latin terms explained (but not translated):

Ad infinitum — without end or limit
Ad nauseam — to a sickening or excessive degree
Carpe diem — the enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future
Caveat — an explanation to prevent misinterpretation
De facto — in reality; actually
Dictum — a noteworthy statement
Et cetera — and others esp. of the same kind: and so forth; abbreviated as etc
Ipso facto — by that very fact or act; as an inevitable result
Magnum opus — a great work, the greatest achievement of an artist or writer
Memento — something that serves to warn or remind
Non sequitur — statement (as a response) that does not follow logically from anything previously said
Nota bene — used to call attention to something important
Per capita — equally to each individual
Persona non grata — personally unacceptable or unwelcome
Post mortem — occurring or done after death
Prima facie –at first view: on the first appearance
Pro forma — made or carried out in a perfunctory manner or as a formality
Quod erat demonstrandum — which was to be proved
RIP — abbreviation, may he rest in peace


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  1. He’s forgotten tabula rasa which Henry says is where a Roman barber keeps all his essentials…and I see no reason to not believe him.

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