30 Latin Phrases That Are Still Used All the Time

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Mirabile dictu 

“Remarkably [or marvelously] to say.” Usually describes something unexpected or unlikely. Example: I didn’t study a bit, but, mirabile dictu, I got an A anyway.

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Ne plus ultra (nay ploose UL-trah)

“None farther.” Describes something that is the best or without equal. Example: Many consider Charlie Parker to have been the ne plus ultra of jazz saxophonists.

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O tempora, o mores (Oh TEMP-or-ah oh MOR-ez)

“Oh, the times; oh, the behavior [or customs].” A negative or frustrated comment about the way people act, first credited to the Roman orator Cicero. Example: His own party doesn’t seem to care what Donald Trump does, no matter how inappropriate. O tempora, o mores.

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Per se (pair say)

“By [or through] itself.” Example: There’s nothing wrong with texting per se, but you should never do it while driving.

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Persona non grata (pair-SO-nah non GRAH-tah)

“Person not pleasing.” Describes someone who isn’t welcome or has been expelled from a place. Example: After his rude remarks to the king, the ambassador was declared persona non grata and had to leave the country.

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