Hey PS! Need some help with the Dead Language...

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  1. polishshooter

    polishshooter Active Member

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    Clausewitz twice used "ceteris paribus" in about a page and a half in the last chapter....

    So at the risk that my "military genius" (I'm in that chapter, as you could guess:) )will somehow be compromised:p what does it mean?




    It's NICE to have my own personal Latin tutor actually...where were you when I was taking all those "Pre-Law" courses????:D


    And you are right, "High German" translated into "High English" by some Brit Historian takes some time to read AND comprehend...And I thought Thomas Aquinas was rough!:p

    I'll probably be at this one book as long as it took me to read all 15 volumes of Morison....:cool: :p
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    I'm not PS, but it means "all other things being equal"
  3. Polish, the Rare Bird beat me to it. She is quite correct, "ceteris paribus" translates best as "all other (things) being equal." Ceterus means, literally, the other or the rest. Paribus is the word "par" meaning equal or like, but here it is in the ablative case so it translates best into English as "being equal/"
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    Hey, you two can talk in Latin and none of us would know what you are saying about us!:p :D

    Thanks 'bird, and PS....actually, you can tell which one is the PROFESSOR, Firebird gave me all I WANTED to know, while PS gave me a lot more that I didn't NEED to know....:p :p :D :D :D



    Now I just need somebody fluent in Frog, in the next chapter he starts flinging it as well....


    coup d'oeil?:confused:

    Isn't that what I do every 5000 miles at Jiffy Lube?:cool:
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    An old mantra from my high school Latin I class.....

    "Latin is a language, as dead as dead can be....
    First it killed the Romans, and now it's killing me!"*

    *with great apologies to dear, departed Miss Frye, who gave me a large benefit of the doubt and (just barely) passed me.
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    Coup d'oeil means "glance" in English.
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    Quidquid latine dictum sit altum videtur ...lol
  9. A very true statement, firebird. Anything in Latin does indeed sound very profound. :D

    You surprise me. Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi , as the Romans might have said. ;)
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    The deepest rivers flow with the least sound

    :)
  11. Er, a, firebird, do be careful, Credidi me felem vidisse! :D
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    LOL! Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre?
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    Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit. -- Seneca
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  14. firebird

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    You mean Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit ?

    So true, so true...
  15. Ita, sed cutis potior est. Fatigo! Fatigo! :D
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