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LATIN for the illiterati

by Jon R. Stone

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Latin for the Illiteratiis everyperson's reference to common Latin words and phrases. With over 6,000 entries--including 300 abbreviations--this volume will accompany every reader, student and scholar through their lifelong reading journey.
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Jon Stone, a classmate of mine in undergraduate school, taught religious studies at UC Berkeley at the time of publication and is now a professor at CSU Long Beach. The idea for this book came from the experience of studying for his doctorate when he encountered many Latin words and expressions and began to keep his own list. He expanded that original list and organized it in the chapter-categories of this book:

Common Words and Expressions,
Common Phrases and Familiar Sayings,
Abbreviations, and Miscellaneous.

In addition, there is a helpful English-Latin index.

While this book may not make you a Latin scholar, it could help you to sound like one if you are laudis cupidis ("one desirous of praise"). There are literally thousands of phrases, expressions, and abbreviations in these 200 pages, and a handy pronunciation guide as well.

The book was named an "Outstanding Reference Source" in 1997 by the American Library Association. It is a worthy work omnibus rebus ("in every respect"). ( )
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Latin for the Illiteratiis everyperson's reference to common Latin words and phrases. With over 6,000 entries--including 300 abbreviations--this volume will accompany every reader, student and scholar through their lifelong reading journey.

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