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Annus Horribilis: Latin for Everyday Life Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Nov 2007

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (5 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752442848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752442846
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,163,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Author

This book has been thoroughly "road-tested" on my adult Latin students, and they have all really enjoyed learning the joys of Latin via "everyday" examples: quotations, abbreviations, familiar phrases, epitaphs, inscriptions, and music texts from the Latin Mass to Christmas Carols and Carmina Burana.

This is the hardback, commerically produced edition of the book I originally self-published as plain old "Latin for Everyday Life" under my own Pineapple Publications imprint. I'm thrilled that Tempus have picked it up and produced such a fine (and affordable!) edition for the general reader.

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Everybody remembers the Queen's `Annus Horribilis', but what do 'quid pro quo' and 'habeas corpus' mean? Why do plants have Latin names? Why do families, towns, countries and even football teams have Latin mottoes? What do the Latin epitaphs in churches say? What are the words of Mozart's 'Requiem'?

These are just a few of the topics covered in this book. As Mark Walker makes clear, present-day English is still steeped in its Roman and Latin origins. As a result English still has many thousands of Latin words in everyday use.

Caveat emptor!

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