In a scene from my favorite TV show, “Freaks and Geeks,“ teenager Lindsay Weir has been caught skipping class.
In trying to justify her delinquency, she says, “Daddy, I skipped Latin.” He replies, “Oh. Well, I can understand why you wouldn’t want to learn about that. It’s only the building block of our language.”
Whether we realize it or not, Latin terms are everywhere in business and corporate communications.
1. A priori: from the former
Something that is known beforehand; something that is true without proof; deductive.
2. Ad hoc: to this
Formed for a specific purpose; improvised or impromptu.
3. Ad hominem: to the man
Attacking a person instead of his or her ideas or arguments.
4. Alma mater: nourishing mother
The school, college or university that one attended.
5. Bona fide: good faith