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#FridayFive: Handy Latin Phrases

For a long time I rotated a series of Latin phrases as my email signature. Most people never asked what the phrases meant or why I’d included one. But I did it because interdum stultus opportuna loquitur. Here are a few good ones you can use:

  • populus me sibilat, at mihi plaudo

    Who cares what people say?

  • in vota miseros ultimus cogit timor

    There are no atheists in foxholes.

  • compendia dispendia

    Shortcuts usually take longer in the end.

  • imitatores, servum pecus

    Don’t be a copycat.

  • quod sentimus loquamar, quod loquimur sentiamus

    Say what you mean; Mean what you say.

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