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I live my life a quarter of a mile at a time

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18:16 Aug 21, 2002
English to Latin translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: I live my life a quarter of a mile at a time
I live my life a quarter of a mile at a time
Jon
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5vivo gradibus ducentorum quinquaginta passuum singulis.
David Wigtil


  

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vivo gradibus ducentorum quinquaginta passuum singulis.


Explanation:
I've rendered your phrase rather freely, as "vivo gradibus ducentorum quinquaginta passuum singulis," which would come out in English as, "I live by individual steps of a quarter of a mile (250 paces)."

That sounds like GREAT LEAPS to me, and since you offer no broader context, I cannot be any more certain about what your original sentence actually means.

--Loquamur


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Note added at 2002-08-27 13:34:28 (GMT)
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The Roman \"mile\" originally consisted of \"mille (passus)\", one thousand (paces)\", later somewhat standardized at a length equaling about 95% of one English mile. The Romans did extensive surveying and roadbuilding, including such tools as milestones and odometers connected to cart wheels!

See the discussion at http://www.du.edu/~jcalvert/tech/oldleng.htm for more detail.

David Wigtil
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