Mens sana in corpora sano:A sound (or healthy) mind in a sound (or healthy) body.” This expression is sometimes seen in fitness or health facilities.

Q.E. D (Quod erat demonstrandum): “That which was to have been proven.” This phrase is sometimes used in mathematics to indicate the success of a mathematical proof.

Tabula rasa:“The blank slate.” This is the philosophical notion that the mind is unformed until it is affected by impressions or experience.

Tempus Fugit: “Time flees” or “Time flies.” This expression is sometimes seen on old clocks.

Veni vidi vici: “I came, I saw, I conquered.” According to historical tradition, this terse phrase was used by Julius Caesar to announce to the Roman Senate that he had defeated the ruler of Pontus. Now, it is sometimes used to announce a quick and decisive victory.

Common Latin Abbreviations:

A.D.             Anno Domini            in the year of the Lord Used as a calendar designation.

Ad lib.             ad libitum                freely; as desired; spontaneously

A.M.             Ante Meridian           before the middle (of the day)

P.M.              Post Meridian           After the middle (of the day)

c.                 circa                       around or about (Example: This event took place c. 1900 A.D.)

cf.                confer                    compare Used sometimes in writing to direct the reader’s attention to           another book or part of the document

D.V.             Deo volente             if God wills

e.g.              exemplia gratia        for example

et al.            et alia                     and others (Example: This book was written by John Smith and Roy Jackson, et al.)

etc.              et cetera                 And  so forth (Example: Cameron brought all the snacks for the party: chips, dip, cheese, cookies, etc.)