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LATIN LESSONS: Per Se

The Latin term “per se” peppers many conversations though it is often used incorrectly.

The literal translation of per se is “by itself”; however, many Americans use it as a synonym for “quite” and “exactly”.  The phrase is so misused that it has won an entry in Urban Dictionary.  When utilized correctly the phrase pinpoints a single element of a larger thing, e.g., I didn’t enjoy the movie per se, but the cinematography was astounding.

© 5/25/2018 Heather M. Carr of Hunt & Associates, P.C.  All rights reserved.

 

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