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Amo Amas Amat & More [Paperback]

Eugene Ehrlich
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Oct. 7 1993 Hudson Group Books
A witty and entertaining guide to the use of Latin expressions for one's own advantage in the modern world. Illustrated.

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"I know of no book to contend in usefulness with this resourceful, voluminous, and appetizing smorgasbord." -- William F. Buckley, Jr.,From the Introduction

About the Author

Eugene Ehrlich, formerly a member of the department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, is the author of numerous reference books on language, including Amo, Amos, Amat, and More and The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinary Literate. He is also the coeditor of the Oxford American Dictionary.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Seize the day... May 17 2003
Eugene Ehrlich's ï¿Amo, Amas, Amat and Moreï¿ is a wonderful shorthand guide to Latin literacy for those who are struggling with Latin, or those of us who had a lot of Latin but little use since our last conjugation, er, um, examination.
Gives new meaning to 'conjugal visit' now, doesn't it? (Well, look it up for the distinctions.)
There is a very interesting introduction by William F. Buckley, Jr., who has been known to drop the odd Latinate phrase here or there in writing or speech. 'I suppose I am asked [to write this introduction] because the few Latin phrases I am comfortable with I tend to use without apology,' Buckley writes. He uses Latin phrases, he says, 'that cling to life because they seem to perform useful duties without any challenger rising up to take their place in English.' But, Buckley states, 'Probably the principal Latin-killer this side of the Huns was Vatican II.' With the end of use of Latin by Roman Catholic church, Latin became an almost exclusively academic pursuit, and then most often in 'useful' segments--i.e., legal Latin, medical Latin, etc.
This book is arranged as an encyclopedic dictionary of sorts -- there is an entry, including pronunciation (do you know if Latin uses a hard c or hard g, for instance, without looking?). Ehrlich also puts in literary examples of how the Latin phrase has come to be known in English (which is sometimes something apart from its original Latin meaning).
I give you the example used in my title as an sample entry:
carpe diem
KAHR-peh DEE-em
enjoy, enjoy
This famous advice, literally 'seize the day', is from Horace's Odes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hic liber amo multus! July 28 2002
This is an excellent book! It is a great way to build vocabulary and learn those pesky endings. It also conatins many words of wisdom and wit. Using these phrases in writitng and speech will give you a flair of sophistication. This book taught me my favourite quote, from Horace "Dulce et decorem est pro patria mori" "There is no greater honour than to die for ones country" Being a die-hard Americo-Unian, I believe that! I reccomend this book to all lovers of Latin
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amo, Amas, Amat and More March 14 2002
Amo, Amas Amat, and More by Eugene Ehrlich is a fun phrase book of Latin. This is a great book for students learning Latin or just to have around for when you get that phrase thrown at you when reading and you just can't quite remember what it really means.
Accurate pronunciations and notes are throughout the book giving the reader a firm footing on what the phrase means and the context. An excellent book to augment your reference section of your home library... definitely a book for wordsmiths.
A book for all to have and use...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Todd M.Jones Jan. 8 2002
This is my second copy of this incredible book! And both copies were worth every penny.
remember..."Ira furor brevis est."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the space on your bookshelf. June 2 2001
A practical little book, although it would help if you have a few years of high school Latin to speed up the process of using the phrases in the best possible context. If you have to write a lot of presentations or topical articles, this book is great value.
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