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#Latin Moment! Day One

So since I'm currently in quarantine, and I'm really bored, I'm going to post a Latin to English "moment" every day. So basically an English word and the Latin that it comes from. It might sound a bit boring, but some of these can be pretty interesting! Here is the first one: When the priest would speak in Latin during a Roman Catholic mass, he would say "Hoc est corpus," which means "Here is the body." But the people at the mass who didn't know Latin couldn't understand what he was saying, so it went something like this:

Man 1: Wait, what did he say?

Man 2: I dunno, sounded like hocus pocus to me.

And that is where we get the phrase "hocus pocus!"

Stay safe, Lynul

April 7, 2020



That's pretty funny!

It might be a good idea to mention the source of the information for this and all further ones that you plan to post. Did you know that there are many hypotheses out there for the origin of that phase. No one really knows for sure.


I 've heard it as "hokkus pokkus filiokkus" - apparently that refers to some other part of the sermon, something as 'filii corpus' perhaps.


Filioque, most likely.


Very amusing. Thank you for sharing.


Thanks for this! I just went and found (& read) all of them good stuff (:

The full collection for Latin Moments: https://www.one-tab.com/page/Vgs46dLiSEaUjr9zWplLGw (has some Weird Words thrown in, because that's how I browse) (;

The follow up to this, Weird Word, has a Master list here: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/39144486

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