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Sun Apr 25, 2021, 10:05 PM

I learned a new term today...& am passing it on...Carpe Diem.."seize the day"

What does Carpe Diem literally mean?

seize the day


Carpe diem, (Latin: “pluck the day” or “seize the day”) phrase used by the Roman poet Horace to express the idea that one should enjoy life while one can. ...

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Reply I learned a new term today...& am passing it on...Carpe Diem.."seize the day" (Original post)
Stuart G Apr 25 OP
niyad Apr 25 #1
left-of-center2012 Apr 25 #9
niyad Apr 25 #10
left-of-center2012 Apr 25 #12
niyad Apr 26 #21
LakeArenal Apr 25 #2
OAITW r.2.0 Apr 25 #3
LakeArenal Apr 26 #14
OAITW r.2.0 Apr 26 #15
LakeArenal Apr 26 #16
genxlib Apr 25 #4
if..fish..had..wings Apr 25 #5
Effete Snob Apr 25 #6
SeattleVet Apr 25 #7
left-of-center2012 Apr 25 #8
silverweb Apr 25 #11
Coventina Apr 26 #13
Lady Freedom Returns Apr 26 #17
LastDemocratInSC Apr 26 #18
Rhiannon12866 Apr 26 #19
Lady Freedom Returns Apr 26 #20
malthaussen Apr 26 #22

Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 10:08 PM

1. A wonderfully useful phrase that has been around almost as long as I have.

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Response to niyad (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 11:00 PM

9. Apparently originated in 23 BC

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #9)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 11:07 PM

10. As I said. . .

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Response to niyad (Reply #10)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 11:53 PM

12. That would make you more than 2,000 years old

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #12)

Mon Apr 26, 2021, 08:31 AM

21. Shhhhhhhh!! You are not supposed to tell!!

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 10:09 PM

2. High School Class of '70 - our class motto.

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 10:16 PM

3. Jesuit HS? It was well known back then, to me.

And sorta relates to my life long point that, if you keep an open mind, you never stop learning.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 26, 2021, 12:22 AM

14. No Public High School. The guy that suggested fancied himself a poet.

He is Catholic. Or was. Or could be.

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 26, 2021, 12:31 AM

15. Aren't we all? Agnostic as hell.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #15)

Mon Apr 26, 2021, 01:10 AM

16. Or worse.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 10:18 PM

4. You should see "Dead Poets Society"

Great Robin Williams film.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 10:20 PM

5. Seize the fish?

We have a bumper sticker

"I think I've seized the wrong day!"

Tempus fugit

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 10:21 PM

6. Originally a daily payment of eels given to fisherman


When they were away from their home port, they would get a eel each day. It was carp per diem.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 10:27 PM

7. When I worked at a big bank in NYC, if we had to do a business trip, it was...

"Carpe per-diem"

Get that daily food allowance!

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 10:59 PM

8. 'Carpe diem' is a Latin aphorism ...

‘Carpe diem’ is a Latin aphorism, usually (though questionably) translated "seize the day",
taken from book 1 of the Roman poet Horace's work Odes (23 BC).

Translation
Carpe is the second-person singular present active imperative of carpō "pick or pluck" used by Horace to mean "enjoy, seize, use, make use of".

Diem is the accusative of dies "day". A more literal translation of carpe diem would thus be "pluck the day [as it is ripe]"—that is, enjoy the moment or use the day.
It has been argued by various authors that this interpretation is closer to Horace's original meaning

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpe_diem#Translation

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 11:22 PM

11. Double your fun.

Add amor fati to carpe diem and you've really got something going on.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Mon Apr 26, 2021, 12:07 AM

13. My favorite line from Mrs. Doubtfire: "Carpe Dentum!"

Seize the teeth!!

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Mon Apr 26, 2021, 01:18 AM

17. Here's my favorite...

Carpe Noctem

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Mon Apr 26, 2021, 01:19 AM

18. I always thought it was a fishing term for "seize the carp".

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Mon Apr 26, 2021, 03:08 AM

19. "Carpe diem. Seize the day." - Dead Poets Society - Robin Williams



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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Mon Apr 26, 2021, 03:21 AM

20. Tale of two times...



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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Mon Apr 26, 2021, 04:24 PM

22. Here I thought it meant "A fish a day." n/t

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