Modern concepts

EX CALCEO

New Member
I was just wondering what we do when we run across modern concepts in Latin. Do we just explain the concepts in Latin or is there a modern Latin dictionary? I am also wondering about the contras (if any) between Medieval Latin, Late Latin, Classical Latin, or even Archaic Latin.
 

Akela

sum
Staff member

Gregorius

Civis Illustris
Well, I'm particularly fond of experimenting with Latinizations of predominantly pop-cultural terms. Quite a while ago, I started a minor debate over whether Superman should be called "Supervir" or "Superhomo" or even if "super" could properly be used in this way. More recently, I came up with a proposed nomenclature for musical genres ("musica ruralis," for example, for country-western). Even more recently, my thread regarding random post-classical proverbs has been revived somewhat.

I also experiment with proper nouns (mainly personal names), coming up with such forms as "Gualterius Disneius" for Walt Disney or "Telora Suifta" for Taylor Swift.
 

EX CALCEO

New Member
Okay that all makes sense. Though I am still wondering about the contras between different periods of Latin. I was hoping someone could fill me in. Also can we use the vocabulary from different periods interchangeably? The reason I ask is I imagine that some words from the classical period would have evolved some once reaching the middle ages.
 

Akela

sum
Staff member
EX CALCEO dixit:
The reason I ask is I imagine that some words from the classical period would have evolved some once reaching the middle ages.
Definitely. Many Latin words are specific to the later periods.

EX CALCEO dixit:
Also can we use the vocabulary from different periods interchangeably?
In the perfect world - no. Practically.... I usually try not to use words that are marked as "Late" in dictionaries.

There are exceptions, of course...
 
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