Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Latin Proverbs: 160 Most Frequent Words

The DR number, Diederich Rank, refers to the highest number in Diederich's frequency listing, which you can see here: Diederich Ranking.

DR 159. Veni, vidi, vici. ~ Note: For more about these famous words of Julius Caesar, see this Wikipedia article.

DR 160. Vivamus et amemus. ~ Note: Adapted from the words of Catullus to Lesbia: Vivamus mea Lesbia, atque amemus (5).

DR 160. Dum potes, vive. ~ Note: You can see this illustrated in Whitney's Emblems here: image.

DR 160. Vive in diem. ~ Note: We use a slightly different idiom to express this idea in English: live for the day, live for today. This is one of the sayings Erasmus included in his Adagia, 1.8.62.

DR 160. Vive ut semper vivas. ~ Note: This is the Falkner family motto.

DR 160. Vive dum vivis. ~ Note: You can find these words in a Roman epitaph.

DR 160. Vivat rex. ~ Note: Compare the English saying, "Long live the king!"

DR 160. Quis est vir qui vivat et non videat mortem? ~ Note: Note how the subjunctives vivat and videat give this a hypothetical quality: qui vivat et non videat... "who could live and not see..."

DR 160. Vivimus, non ut volumus, sed ut possumus. ~ Note: Note that this is the use of "ut" to mean simply "as" - ut possumus, "as we are able."

DR 160. Non possum tecum vivere, nec sine te. ~ Note: The saying is adapted from one of the poems in Ovid's Amores, 3.11: sic ego nec sine te nec tecum vivere possum.

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