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1. Lawyers frequently use Latin expressions. Is it to show off? No: some terms are more concise and/or precise in Latin. For example, where could you most likely find a "res nullius"?
2. The medical profession uses many Latin words. You might worry if you get a call from the hospital that one of your relatives has been submitted to undergo surgery at the os sacrum. But what is the "os sacrum"?
3. The Roman-Catholic Church names itself partly for the place where Latin was the official language. No wonder there are still many Latin words and phrases in use in Roman-Catholicism. What does the phrase "Ora et labora" mean?
4. Roman history is filled with Latin terms. But also in later periods some Latin might pop up. What is the exact meaning of "interbellum"?
5. University grades are frequently expressed in Latin. What grade has someone who graduated "summa cum laude"?
6. Some national mottos are in Latin. For instance, the USA has the motto "E pluribus unum". What does this mean?
7. Would you ever expect your car dealer to speak Latin? Surprisingly, some brand names are in Latin. One of the best known examples is the Swedish brand name "Volvo". What does "Volvo" literally mean?
8. In the "Carmina Burana", an oratorio by Carl Orff, most of the lyrics are in Latin. You might recognise the ode to luck ("O, Fortuna"), but I want to ask you something about another part of the opera. The aria "In taberna" takes place in a specific location. What would you most probably do "in taberna"?
9. Ellery Queen once wrote a book entitled "Q.E.D.". This is a Latin abbreviation, which was however turned into another abbreviation by the author. I want you to pick the full translation of "Q.E.D." out of the following options.
10. The English rock group Status Quo chose a Latin name. The term "status quo" is a concise expression for "in statu quo res erant ante bellum". What does this phrase mean?
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