30 Latin Phrases That Are Still Used All the Time

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Ad hoc (ad hock)

“For this.” Describes something formed or created for a specific purpose. Examples: An ad hoc committee; dealing with problems on an ad hoc basis.

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Ad infinitum (odd in-fin-EE-tum)

“To infinity.” Describes something that goes on forever (or seems to). Example: The politician babbled on ad infinitum.

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A priori (ah pree-OR-ee)

“From the earliest.” Describes something known (or not known) independent of experience. Example: There is no a priori reason to assume that acupuncture is useless.

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Carpe diem (CAR-pay DEE-um)

“Seize the day.” In other words, live for today.

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Caveat emptor (CAH-vee-aht EMP-tor)

“Let the buyer beware.” A phrase reminding the customer that it is his or her responsibility to make sure the item for sale is as advertised.

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