Carpe diem & 14 other Latin phrases we still use today

Latin itself didn’t completely disappear. It continued to be used in  fields such as science, politics and religion, which is why many Latin  expressions still exist in the 21st century.

Literal meaning: “The die is cast.” This expression means that we have passed the point of no return. You just handed in your exam? Well, alea iacta est.

Alea iacta est

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Alter Ego

Literal meaning: “The other I”. A different person with a completely different personality.

Ante meridiem / Post meridiem

Literal meaning: “Before midday / after midday”. You probably know them by their abbreviations: “a.m.” and “p.m.”

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Literal meaning: “Art is long, life is short.” It indicates the effort and dedication required to make something sublime that will last forever.

Ars longa, vita brevis


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