WOD – Nill illigitimi carborundum

Back when I was a baby bookseller, I got this notion to learn Latin. Now, mind you I’d taken French every day of my life for 12 years and still didn’t speak a word of it. But I felt it gave me a goal, I don’t have a lot of things I need to get done before I die. .. and after all I’d be using it in my work . . . don’t laugh . . . I do . . .well, did. Latin turns up in all sorts of places in bookselling, terminology, epigraphs, inscriptions, engravings, colophons and deus forbid . . . actual text. One doesn’t have to be fluent, but it’s a good idea to be able to dope things out in a lot of languages,not just Latin. Doping things out that’s me – I know just enough of anything to be dangerous. verso and recto are both derived from the Latin, as well as all the sizes: quarto, octavo, trigesimo-segundo. Here’s a few to get you started.
edenda curare                   edit
edere publish, edit
excudere print
exemplar copy
imprimere print
in lucem dare publish
inscriptio address
libellus pamphlet
liber book
libraria bookshop
novus new
opera, opere work
opus work
redactio editorial office
redactor editor
Try the glossary on of Non-english Book terminology from the Cataloguer’s toolbox from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.
or this really extensive collection of Latin quotes and phrases, for when you need some snooty marginalia.(which is ALSO from the Latin)


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