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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

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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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Latin is in baby! This book is basically"The Wit and Wisdom of Ancient Rome" presented in English and Latin. It's full of short snappy quotes that you can drop whenever a line from Shakespeare might seem trite. It's not a text or manual but it can be used in classrooms to mix things up a bit. The ancient Romans were funny at times and students can appreciate this. Let your students go over this book and then have them translate current phrases into Latin.I recommend this to anyone who likes or teaches ancient history or the latin language.
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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 a smorgasbord for the mind May 12 2000
An informative and fun book! The author includes hundreds of Latin mottoes, sayings, bon mots, and proverbs. They are ordered alphabetically, each followed by its pronunciation (in an informal but generally useful transcription), and general sense. Most of the entries have an explanatory sentence or two, giving the background, source, and literal translation. A fun and educational book; helpful to the student of Latin, and entertaining and educational to the general reader. Well worth the money!
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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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