More Latin for the Illiterati; A Guide to Everyday Medical, Legal and Religious Latin


First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Stone follows up his Latin for the Illiterati (LJ 12/96) with this new dictionary, structured around the subtitle's three areas: medicine, law, and religion. Translations are brief and literal. The dictionary concludes with some of the same information given in Latin for the Illiterati as well as newer miscellaneous information, including Latin selections (with English translations) from the Roman Catholic liturgy. The dictionary ends with an English-Latin index. The major drawback is the arrangement by topic--the three different topic areas must be checked if the user doesn't know whether the word or phrase is medical, legal, or religious (there is no Latin index). On the positive side, this dictionary contains many terms not found in other recent Latin-English dictionaries, such as James Morwood's A Dictionary of Latin Words and Phrases (Oxford Univ., 1998). Adeleye's World Dictionary of Foreign Expressions provides translations from over 20 languages, making it an excellent resource for general users. Each definition indicates part of speech, language of origin, plural forms, and literal translation (including the literal translation of each word in a phrase). Also included are lengthier, connotative definitions, examples of use in sentences, and, when appropriate, cross references to other terms. Adeleye's dictionary is recommended for all public and academic libraries; Stone's is for libraries needing a more specialized resource.--Cynthia A. Johnson, Barnard Coll. Lib., New York Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
A principio (from the beginning) this codex (book) is ad captum vulgi (easily understood). Stone's (interdisciplinary studies, UC Berkeley) companion piece to is a guide for the average person interested in understanding the origin of many terms we commonly use each day with a focus on three areas of most common usage: legal, medical, and religious. Organized into three sections, Latin entries are arranged alphabetically; and the book includes an English to Latin index and an index of Latin abbreviations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415922111
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon R. Stone is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and Lecturer in the English Writing Program at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the author of Latin for the Illiterati (1996) and Guide to the End of the World: Popular Eschatology in America (1993).

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