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María Teresa Taylor Oliver  Identity Verified
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Sep 14, 2006

I was browsing through the Wikipedia and found this page:

List of Latin phrases (A–E)–E)#A

It's a list of Latin phrases and their meaning. It links to other sections of the alphabet:

List of Latin phrases (F–O)–O)

List of Latin phrases (P–Z)–Z)

Hope it helps!

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Catherine Bolton  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Sep 15, 2006

Several years ago I bought "Latin for the Illiterati", by Jon R. Stone. It's a great reference book!
ISBN: 0415922119
Here's a link to the page on Amazon, in case anyone is interested:

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Terry Gilman  Identity Verified
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quid pro quo Sep 16, 2006

I was in Lisbon in early September and went out to dinner with my wonderful colleagues Manuel and Nazare. Among many things we discussed was that Latin phrases, which crop up fairly frequently in our work, have evolved to have different meanings.

I had always assumed that among academics "Latin is Latin," but one example they mentioned was quid pro quo. If I understood it correctly, in Portuguese, this means a mixup, "taking or mistaking this for that," not a fair exchange or the object of compensation in a give-and-take relationship. I wonder how many more Latin phrases have undergone such modifications.

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