Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group L
(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
Word entries are from Latin unless otherwise indicated.
Motto of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA.
Motto of Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA; and the State of Oklahoma, USA.
The phrase/motto is a shortened form of Virgil's statement in his Georgics: Labor omnia vicit improbus, "Never-ending work conquered all things."
It is said that Virgil was describing the harshness of life following the Golden Age, when the earth had yielded its fruits without labor. Jupiter then decided to change everything, making life hard so mankind would learn and become independent.
Motto of Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, USA.
2. A slip of the pen, an unintentional writing error; especially, in spelling taxonomic names.
This shows that a lapsus linguae can be embarrassing, to say the least. The situation could also be considered a lapsus memoriae or a "lapse of memory".
There is one more mental lapse, one that involves carelessness in writing: lapsus calami or a slip of the pen. The word calamus was a reed formerly used as a pen.
A lapsus linguae can result from laliophobia or lalophobia
In the world of human relations, a person can suffer from laliophobia (lalophobia); that is, a terror of talking or of stuttering when trying to talk.
An individual's speech difficulty may be aggravated by situations that arise from anxieties or fears of self-consciousness.
Of course, there is also the other condition called, lalomania, a compulsion or abnormal desire to talk excessively. Neither situation is considered desirable in human relations.
See this special presentation about public personalities who have committed various forms of lapsus linguae.
- lapsus linguae: a slip of the tongue.
- lapsus calami: a slip of the pen.
- lapsus manus: slip of the hand, similar to lapsus calami.
In literature, a number of different types of lapsus memoriae are named depending on the mode of correspondence:
With the variation of lapsus clavis: slip of the typewriter.
Motto of German Emperor Ferdinand II (1612-1619).
A medical term for the muscle in the upper lip.
Motto of San Francisco Law School, San Francisco, California, USA.
Motto of The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Latin equivalent of "the law of the land".