"Trivia"

Some terms and sayings that oft repeat in articles... thought will start collecting them ... so this post might be edited as and when I find any interesting ones

Of course, contributions are welcome in the comments section

1) Apres moi, le deluge

French / "after me, the deluge" ..

Comment: Atleast some friends of mine wud know why thats the first in the series :-)

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2) Cogito, ergo sum

French/" I think, therefore I am"

Comment: I don't agree with René Descartes. I am, therefore I think .. neverthless

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3) Caveat emptor

Latin / "let the buyer beware"

Comment: Applies to all my blog visitors :-)


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4) veni, vidi, vici

Latin/ "I came , I saw, I conquered"

Comment: Whats for, I came, I saw, I was conquered ? :-)

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5) argumentum ex silentio

Latin/ "silence of a speaker or writer about X proves or suggests that the speaker or writer is ignorant of X"

Comment: You can't miss this, if you read Koenraad Elst

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6) Bête noire

French / "black beast."

Comment: Something or someone particularly detested or avoided; a bugbear

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7) raison d’être

French/ "reason to exist"

Comment: Have you ever lost urself searching for that ?

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8) Kaine Gnade

German/ No Mercy

Comment: Ummmmmmm
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Comments

Anonymous said…
catch-22

"Damn it if you do, damn it if you don't"
drisyadrisya said…
Okay, guess its easier to post away in the comments section

Suppressio veri suggestio falsi

Latin/ "The suppression of truth is the suggestion of falsehood"
drisyadrisya said…
Liberté, égalité, fraternité

shud i ?
drisyadrisya said…
primus inter pares

Latin/"first among equals"
drisyadrisya said…
Its kind of interesting how so many Latin words have made into the legal langauge

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_legal_Latin_terms

My favorites being habeas corpus and locus standi
drisyadrisya said…
Makes me wonder about the

"characterestic soul of a Nation" as Aurobindo put it

like france known for its LEF ...
US for "freedom" ....

India for its spirituality...

So what are some of the words we have contributed ?

Karma, Dharma, Guru, Avatar, Yoga , chakra , ....

I am sure there more
drisyadrisya said…
Of course

"Et tu Brute?"
drisyadrisya said…
summum bonum

Latin/"the supreme good from which all others are derived"
drisyadrisya said…
ηὕρηκα

Ha ha ha, thats how apparently
"Heureka" is written in Greek
drisyadrisya said…
Questo dipende

Italian/ "it depends"

Calling it a nite :-)
Tai chi and chai tea! said…
"suaviter in modo; fortiter in re"
- Latin for Gentle in manner, firm/ resolute in action.
Operationally, it could also be translated as 'iron hand in a velvet glove'.

A great prinicple for personality building...I strongly feel it adds grace and great dignity to one's persona.
Anonymous said…
Credo quia absurdum ( Latin )-
I believe because it is absurd