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Latin in English: Quid pro quo / Qui pro quo

Is Latin alive after all? I have not long ago discovered that the Latin expression “quid pro quo” (more commonly used in English) or “qui pro quo” (more commonly used in Portuguese) could have diverse meanings in different cultures. Never ever could I have imagined that Latin was not a dead language. This is at […]

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Lackadaisical

“If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers.”  Doug Larson “Alack a day” or “alack the day” had its first written occurrence in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, in the cry of a heartbroken Romeo who mistakenly believes Juliet has died: Shee’s dead, deceast, shee’s dead: […]

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