Latin Words and Phrases Every Man Should Know

I must confess that I only knew about a third of these; I think it is unfortunate that our education did not include Latin.

Take a look at the whole list:

a posteriori from the latter — knowledge or justification is dependent on experience or empirical evidence

a priori from what comes before — knowledge or justification is independent of experience

faber est suae quisque fortunae every man is the artisan of his own fortune –quote by Appius Claudius Caecus

acta non verba deeds, not words

ad hoc to this — improvised or made up

ad hominem to the man — below-the-belt personal attack rather than a reasoned argument

ad honorem for honor

Barba non facit philosophum

Barba non facit philosophum

Today’s sign of the apocalypse

From Slate:

The first thing the Allens, a British family of four, want you to know about them is that they are followers of something they call off-grid parenting. This includes common, and sometimes questionable, alternative parenting practices such as home-schooling, avoiding vaccinations and modern medicine, co-sleeping, and extended breast-feeding. There are also less common ones, such as “lotus birthing” (letting the placenta and umbilical cord fall off naturally) and avoiding shoes for their children. Still, all this is not enough for the Allens. They yearn for a family life even further off-grid and have hatched a plan that will help them move closer “towards self sustainability and being a bit more free range and less institutionalized.”

The second thing the Allens want you to know about them is that they can’t do this without you. Yes, their master plan for self-sufficiency involves “moving to Costa Rica and buying a big plot of land where we can grow food, and have access to wildlife and nature in it’s [sic] natural state,” as they explain on their FundMyTravel.com campaign page (accompanied by a must-see video). But in order to make this happen they need $100,000 of your money, which they will pay back by sharing the treasure trove of knowledge they anticipate gaining by living off the land. In the meantime, they’ll continue getting by on housing and child benefits from the government.

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