POR´-tuh-coh A portico is a covered porch, usually at the front of a building, formed by a colonnade supporting an extended roof. Think of the White House, which has porticos […]
OH´-puhs (Latin, ‘work’) Opus is a term used in numbering a composer’s works. For example, Mozart’s Opus 50 is theoretically his fiftieth published composition. Opus numbers are not always accurate […]
car´-pay DEE´-uhm (Latin, ‘pluck the day’) Carpe diem, usually translated ‘seize the day,’ is the philosophy that one should enjoy life’s pleasures while they last without much concern for the […]
tehr´-uh FUR´-muh (Latin, ‘firm land’) Terra firma means dry and solid ground as compared to air or water. After our three-week cruise, we were happy to be back on terra […]
ad´ in-fun-EYE´-dum (Latin, ‘to infinity’) Ad infinitum means forever, or what seems like forever. The thirty-day course seemed to go on ad infinitum.
kwid´ proh KWOH´ (Latin, ‘something for something’) A quid pro quo is an agreement in which one thing is exchanged for another. In other words, I’ll give you what you […]