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exempli gratia July 9, 2012

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e.g.

So, I was pondering “e.g.” today.  I know, of course, that the translation of this Latin abbreviation is ‘for example’  but I was wondering if ‘e’ is for ‘exempli’ what is the ‘g’ for?

Guess.

Just guess.

Yeah.  It’s GRATIA.  Seriously.

So then I had to look at ‘gratia’ again.  Google translator tells me it means ‘of.’  My mind is beginning to boggle.  So here is what Google says the Latin word ‘gratia’ is all about.  It’s absolutely ubiquitous!  It’s a very all-purpose, wonderful word.    It’s a noun with 25  interpretations.  It’s a conjunction .  It’s 3 prepostions. ( “of” is a preposition.  Notice that it’s not on the list).

Exempli, on the other hand, is very specific.  One meaning.  Just ‘example.’

Now.

Go through the list below of interpretations of ‘gratia’ and put ‘example of’ in front of each one.  Suddenly those two little letters become rather profound.

Words are fascinating.

noun
GRACE GRATIA, LEPOS, LEPOR, VENUS, VENUSTAS, DECOR
FAVOR
PLEASINGNESS GRATIA, LEPOR, LEPOS, LIBITA
PLEASANTNESS AMOENITAS, JUCUNDITAS, IUCUNDITAS, GRATIA, DULCITUDO, DULCEDO
FAVOUR
CHARM DELICIAE, GRATIA, VENUSTAS, VENUS, IUCUNDITAS, JUCUNDITAS
LIKING GRATIA, APPROBATIO, FAVOR, LIBIDO, LUBIDO
GOODWILL GRATIA, ADFECTIO, AFFECTIO, AFFECTUS, AEQUANIMITAS, ADFECTUS
ESTEEM HONOR, HONOS, CARITAS, DIGNATIO, DIGNITAS, GRATIA
GRATITUDE GRATIA, GRATUS ANIMUS, GRATITUDO, PIETAS
LOVE AMOR, COMPLEXUS, ARDOR, CONPLEXUS, FLAMMA, GRATIA
APPROVAL APPROBATIO, COMPROBATIO, CONPROBATIO, PROBATIO, CONCORDIA, GRATIA
SUPPORT SUBSIDIUM, CONATUM, AUXILIUM, SUPPETIAE, SUBPETIAE, GRATIA
POPULARITY STUDIUM POPULI, FAVOR POPULI, GRATIA
THANK GRATIA
SERVICE OPERA, BENEFICIUM, SERVITIUM, ADMINISTRATIO, MINISTERIUM, GRATIA
THANKS GRATES, GRATIA
REGARD RESPECTUS, CURA, CARITAS, HONOR, HONOS, GRATIA
ACKNOWLEDGMENT AGNITIO, GRATIA, CONFESSIO
EARNING GRATITUDE GRATIA
FASCINATION FASCINATIO, LEPOR, LEPOS, GRATIA, MEDICATUS
PARTIALITY FAVOR, GRATIA, CUPIDITAS, INIQUITAS, STUDIUM
AFFECTION AFFECTUS, CONATUM, AFFECTIO, ADFECTIO, GRATIA, BENEVOLENTIA
FRIENDSHIP AMICITIA, AMICITIES, SODALITAS, NECESSITAS, NECESSITUDO, GRATIA
AUTHORITY AUCTORITAS, POTESTAS, POTENTIA, LICENTIA, IUS, GRATIA
preposition
TO IN, USQUE AD, USQUE, GRATIA, INDU, ERGA
IN FAVOR OF GRATIA, PRO, PROD
FOR THE SAKE OF OB, CAUSA, GRATIA, ERGO, PER
conjunction
IN ORDER TO GRATIA
 

Gratia gratiam parit November 9, 2010

Filed under: Commentary,Grace Awakening,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:35 am
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I discovered a fascinating Latin Proverbs blog today:

http://audiolatinproverbs.blogspot.com

The proverb that drew me to the site was Gratia gratiam parit.   It is a rather profound proverb, because gratia has so many diverse meanings. Consider that favour, esteem, regard, liking, love, friendship,agreeableness, pleasantness, charm, beauty, grace, loveliness, courtesy, service, blessing, obligation, gratitude return, requital and acknowledgment are all components of gratia.

In this proverb grace is both the subject (gratia) and the object (gratiam).  Parit is the verb which means birth.  Think of it as creating, making, causing something to be.

I’m no Latin scholar, but the brilliance seems pretty clear.  Look at this list of definitions.  Now mix and match:

Favour

Esteem

Regard

Liking

Love

friendship

agreeableness

pleasantness

charm

beauty

grace

loveliness

courtesy

service

obligation

blessing

gratitude

giving back

requital

acknowledgment

 …creates Favour

Esteem

Regard

Liking

Love

friendship

agreeableness

pleasantness

charm

beauty

grace

loveliness

courtesy

service

obligation

blessing

gratitude

giving back

requital

acknowledgment

It’s kind of profound, isn’t it? What you put out, is what you get back, in all sorts of permutations.  Think of what it means in the context of the theme of Grace Awakening.  Grace herself is awakening to her birthright, Grace is creating Grace (and the 3 Graces create Grace, as well).  Fascinating stuff.

 

 
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