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Quiz: For Latin Lovers

Latin is a dead language,
As dead as it can be.
First it killed the Romans
And now it's killing me.

Years ago, when Latin was taught in the public schools, all the boys and girls inscribed their Latin texts with that little ditty. Or so our moms tell us. Despite its seeming unpopularity, Latin was -- and still is -- extremely useful for making you look like a real smartypants. Are you a Latin Lover? Take our quiz to help you decide.

1. Does quid pro quo mean:
a. something for something
b. something for nothing
c. nothing for something
d. nothing for nothing
Answer

2. This term, from a Latin word for carpenter's square is a model of what should exist or be followed, or an average of what currently does exist in some context, such as an average salary among members of a large group.
What is it?

3. Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit: That's the familiar motto of a venerable and hugely popular television show. (Well, in English it's familiar.)
What is it?

4. We get this term from a Latin word meaning to seek. And that's pretty much what we use it for, too.
What is it?

5. In Latin, this literally translates to for this, further meaning for this purpose only and thus usually temporary. It's often heard in the context of committees or networks.
What is it?

6. Ugh! This nasty self-replicating Scourge of the Internet gets its name from a Latin word meaning slimy liquid or poison.
What is it?

7. This is a contraction of a Latin word meaning nothing or the absence of something. It's also sometimes used to mean the number zero (0).
What is it?

8. This is the Latin word for amount and, in modern understanding, means the smallest possible discrete unit of any physical property, such as energy or matter.
What is it?

9. This term, from a Latin word meaning to fly, is used to describe something unstable or changeable.
What is it?

10. Computatrum abstractio a prestituto cursu is Latin for a security attack in which an intruder takes control of a communication between two entities and masquerades as one of them.
What is it?

How many did you get? Can you say Veni; vidi; vici? (I came; I saw; I conquered.) Let us know!

For more language fun, see IT's Greek to me.

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This was last updated in August 2008

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