Sunday, October 17, 2010

Verbum Hodiernum: ARRIPIO

Today's word is ARRIPIO, a third conjugation verb: arripio, arripere, arripui, arreptus. It is a compound of ad- plus the verb rapio. As you would expect the "d' in the ad-r combination assimilates to ar-r with vowel reduction: ad-rapio -> arripio.

The word has the same basic meaning as rapere, "to snatch or seize," with the additional idea of grabbing something towards yourself, for yourself, taking possession of something, etc.

Here are some examples of today's word in Latin sayings and proverbs; for more information, see the page at the Scala Sapientiae, which contains notes on some of the proverbs cited below:

Arripe horam; ultimam timeas.

Arripe quae offeruntur.

Arripienda quae offeruntur.

Oblata arripe.

Occasionem arripe.

Occasiones non modo accipe, arripe.

Statim arripienda oblata occasio lucri.

Arripe ansam.

Ambabus manibus arripe.

Arrepta candela, candelabrum quaeris.

Ecce consilium: arripe et age.

Oblatam occasionem arripe.

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