Amo, Amas, Amat and More: How to Use Latin to Your Own Advantage and to the Astonishment of Others Paperback – Sep 3 1993
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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 wrote and edited numerous reference books on language, including the original Oxford American Dictionary and Amo, Amas, Amat and More.
Top Customer Reviews
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:
This famous advice, literally 'seize the day', is from Horace's Odes.Read more ›
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...
Most recent customer reviews
This is my second copy of this incredible book! And both copies were worth every penny.
remember..."Ira furor brevis est."
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. Read morePublished on June 2 2001 by Dr. David Arelette
I bough this book in the hope I could decipher a Latin motto I'd seen else ware. Now it's one of my favorite books.Published on April 28 2000 by John Cheesewistle