Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Verbum Hodiernum: VIA

Today's word is VIA, which literally means a road or path or way, and which is also used metaphorically to mean the "way" something is done, just as we do in English. In English, we even use the Latin word "via" to mean the way you get somewhere, e.g., "to fly to Austin via Dallas," which is what I did last week! You can also see this Latin root in other English words like "viaduct" and "viaticum." You can also see the root, compounded, in words like "deviate" and "obviate."

Finally, there is also the word "trivia," meaning "three ways" or "crossroads," which we now use in English with its metaphorical connotations, a meaning already associated with the word trivialis in Latin.

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:

Fit via vi.

Aut inveniam viam, aut faciam.

Fata viam invenient.

Omnes viae ad Romam ferunt.

Mediam viam elige.

Elige viam optimam.

Longa via est: propera.

Via tuta virtus.

Via antiqua via est tuta.

Sto super vias antiquas.

Non est ad astra mollis e terris via.

Ferro via facienda est.

Omnes viae ad unam viam tendunt.

Cum audace non eas in via.

Via stulti recta in oculis eius.

Via, veritas, vita.

Veritatis una vis, una facies est.

Ad virtutem una ardua via est.

Ardua prima via est.

Ardua ad gloriam via.

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