Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Verbum Hodiernum: CAELUM

Today's word is CAELUM meaning "sky" or "the heavens." The standard spelling is caelum, but you will sometimes find the spelling coelum. From this Latin word we get the English word "celestial," and you will also recognize the word for sky in other Romance languages, such as French ciel, Spanish cielo, etc. I used to live on a street called Camino Cielo, "Sky Street," when I was little!

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, as well as additional proverbs:

Nil novi sub caelo.

Animum debes mutare, non caelum.

Caelum terrae, terram caelo misces.

Utere praesenti, caelo committe futura.

Ridenti domino nec caelo crede sereno.

Ridenti domino et caelo ne crede sereno.

Quid si caelum ruat?

Adhuc caelum volvitur!

O adolescentes, ad caelum mittite mentes!

Cetera animalia terram spectant, homo solus caelum intuetur.

In caelo quies.

Regnet iustitia et ruat caelum.

Novos caelos et novam terram expectamus, in quibus iustitia habitat.

Fiat iustitia et ruat caelum.

Caelum duos soles non admittit.

Suspice caelum et numera stellas, si potes.

Suspice caelum, et numera stellas, si potes.

Mane rubens caelum venturos indicat imbres.

Ubique medium caelum est.

Dives difficile intrabit in regnum caelorum.

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