Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Verbum Hodiernum: NOX
Today's word is NOX (gen. noctis), which means "night" in Latin, and which also gives us some nighttime words in English, such as "nocturnal" and "equinox."
Note that while this is a standard third-declension noun in Latin, you will also find the irregular ablative form noctu, meaning "at night" or "by night."
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:
Noctem dies sequitur.
Nox dabit consilium.
Nox tibi longa venit nec reditura dies.
Diem nox premit, dies noctem.
Nunc nox, mox lux.
Omnes una manet nox.
Luna oculus noctis.
Dies imago vitae, nox mortis est.
Nox pudore vacat.
Nox est perpetua una dormienda.
Nocte laboratum non est opus undique gratum.
Quantum mortalia pectora caecae noctis habent!
Urget diem nox, et dies noctem.
Nocte latent fures.
Dies nihil est; dum versas te, nox fit.
Festina, mox nox.
Nox furibus, lux veritati convenit.
Ut sis nocte levis, sit tibi cena brevis.
Lux sequitur noctem; fulget post nubila Phoebus.