Parva leves capiunt animas

If you’re just an ordinary schlub who would like to sound erudite and scholarly, nothing does the trick quite like sprinkling your conversation with Latin phrases. Here are some that you’re sure to find useful in common everyday situations:

Magister Mundi sum.
I am the Master of the Universe.

Sentio aliquos togatos contra me conspirare.
I think some people in togas are plotting against me.

Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes. 
If you can read this, you’re overeducated.

Mellita, domi adsum. 
Honey, I’m home.

Totum dependeat.
Let it all hang out.

Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem!
Stand aside, plebians! I am on imperial business!

Quo signo nata es?
What’s your sign?

Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.
If Caesar were alive, you’d be chained to an oar.

Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Noli me vocare, ego te vocabo.
Don’t call me, I’ll call you.

Nullo metro compositum est.
It doesn’t rhyme.

Non curo. Si metrum non habet, non est poema.
I don’t care. If it doesn’t rhyme, it isn’t a poem.

Fac ut gaudeam.
Make my day.

Braccae illae virides cum subucula rosea et tunica Caledonia-quam elenganter concinnatur!
Those green pants go well with that pink shirt and plaid jacket!

Sic faciunt omnes.
Everyone is doing it.

Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat.
It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.

Utinam barbari spatium proprium tuum invadant.
May barbarians invade your personal space.

Fac ut vivas.
Get a life.

Utinam coniurati te in foro interficiant.
May conspirators assassinate you in the mall.

Fac me cocleario vomere.
Gag me with a spoon.

Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure.
I can’t hear you. I have a banana in my ear.

In vita priore ego imperator Romanus fui.
In a previous life I was a Roman Emperor.

Utinam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant.
May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy.

Si hoc signum legere potes, operis boni in rebus Latinus alacribus et fructuosis potiri potes.
If you can read this sign, you can get a good job in the fast-paced, high-paying world of Latin.

Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam.
I have a catapult. Give me all the money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head.

Sentio aliquos togatos contra me conspirare.

40 Responses to Parva leves capiunt animas

  1. says:

    I love them all. Especially the last one. How do I use these in everyday conversation?🥸

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  2. jenny_o says:

    Oh, how I wish we had learned these in Latin class in high school! It would have been way more exciting. “I have a banana in my ear” indeed. lol

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  3. Corrie.S.P. says:

    Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat

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  4. Flugelman says:

    My all time favorite Latin expression:
    Illegitimi non carborundum

    Don’t let the bastards wear you down.

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  5. trentpmcd says:

    I think the one about the marmota, I mean woodchuck, is even more of a tongue twister in Latin!

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  6. Michelle says:

    This would make a great app. I’d totally download it.

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  7. adamjasonp says:

    Leggo my Ego sum dominus universi !

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  8. Caesar adsum iam forte brutus aderat!

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  9. How do you say “It’s Greek to me” in Latin?

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  10. Well, these are a lot more fun than “all Gaul is divided into three parts” or “I came, I saw, I conquered.” The only Latin I ever use is O tempora, O mores” and “Sic volvere parcas.”

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  11. Herb says:

    I really liked that last one!

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  12. Cederq says:

    I could use some of those phrases! I had a choice in high school, Spanish, Russian or Latin, I choose Russian and outside of “Da” that is all I remember. Now Latin, I could have insulted some one and seemed a bright magnanimous genius doing it

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  13. Nick says:

    I didn’t take Latin. Latin took me. Veni, vidi, flunki!!!

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  14. Hoc terribilis est!! 🤣
    (And it’s not what you’re thinking)

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  16. egorr says:

    Well, in High School I had to learn a second language. Believe it or not, I got by with Fortran and COBOL!
    Yes, I was TRIlingual.
    (That was back in 1970, when computer programming hadn’t worked its way into the masses. FYI, what I originally learned is now referenced as Fort66 and F-COBOL and its companion, D-COBOL)

    Who needs Latin??

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  17. lesleyscoble says:

    I have a catapult! haha I am learning this one right now!

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  18. V.M.Sang says:

    I loved this. I did Latin at school (O-level Latin, failed) and hated it. But I’m glad I did now as I think it helps with English, and learning other languages. Those Romans got about a bit, didn’t they!
    Some of these I managed to get a bit of, others were incomprehensible. I’ll try to learn a few of them though.

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