Friday, May 6, 2011

Verbum Hodiernum: FIO

Today's word is the verb FIO, which means "to be made" or "become." The verb is highly irregular; you can see a complete conjugation online here. It is used as the passive form of the verb facere, as you can see from the parts of fio: fio, fieri, factus sum.

The subjunctive form fiat has become an English word, "fiat" - and this form is also famous in the God's words from Genesis: Fiat lux.

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:

Nihil fit sine causa.

Nihil in terra sine causa fit.

Omnia causa fiunt.

Bonum ex malo non fit.

Quod tibi vis fieri, hoc fac alteri.

Fit via vi.

Sicut fecisti, fiet tibi.

Ex malis moribus fiunt bonae leges.

Omnia fato fiunt.

Non facias malum, ut inde fiat bonum.

Nemo primo quoque die fit doctus.

Fiat lux!

Vita beatior non fit, si longior.

Quidquid fit cum virtute, fit cum gloria.

Nolite fieri servi hominum.

Omnia casu fiunt.

Semper discendo plurima fio senex.

Brevis ipsa vita est, sed malis fit longior.

Gratia namque cum fieri properat, gratia grata magis.

Cito fit quod di volunt.

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