Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group E
(classical-language maxims, slogans, adages, proverbs, and words of wisdom that can still capture our modern imagination)
Expressions of general truths: Latin to English maxims, proverbs, and mottoes
All entries are from Latin unless otherwise indicated.
This is a legal phrase and abbreviation for "and wife."
This is a legal phrase for "and husband".
2. Etymology: borrowed from Greek heureka, "I have found (it)", first person, singular, perfect active indicative form of heuriskein, "to find".
Historical details about eureka and discoveries.
Said to be the exclamation of Archimedes (Greek-Sicilian mathematician , physicist, and inventor, c. 287-212 B.C.) who, while bathing, discovered how to determine the gold content of a crown made for King Hiero II of Syracuse. His discovery of the principle of buoyancy while bathing, helped him in determining the content of the gold and base metal in Hiero's crown. This experiment led to the discovery of the law of specific gravity.
Eureka is the motto of the state of California; based on the theory that gold miners yelled this out when gold was first discoverd there. California was admitted to the Union on September 9, 1850. There is a city in Northern California named Eureka. Incidentally, Ronald Reagan, Governor of California and President of the United States, attended Eureka College—in Eureka, Illinois.
So, since the 16th century, the term has been used as an exulting (joyous) cry of discovery!
This phrase refers to what a person of principle will do.
1. Dogmatic utterances of the pope on matters of faith and morals when he is seated on his "holy" throne: spoken with an infallible voice as the successor and representative of St. Peter.
2. When experts speak authoritatively on matters in their fields of knowledge, we may say that they speak ex cathedra or that they have made ex cathedra statements.
3. The term is sometimes applied to the arrogant, positive expressions of the uninformed when they speak as if they were representing some high authority in their dogmatic pronouncements.
Eugene Ehrlich pointed out that before the cathedra was the pope's chair; even before there were popes, it was the chair of a teacher. Based on information from Eugene Ehrlich in his Amo, Amas, Amat and More; Harper & Row, Publishers; New York; 1985.
A legal maxim, also freely translated as: "Use it or lose it."
Referring to a payment made as a favor, not as an obligation.
Phrase used before the owner's name on bookplates.
A legal term also meaning "of his own accord; voluntarily" and "without prompting or request". Equivalent terms are sua sponte or exproprio motu.