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More Latin for the illiterati : a guide to everyday medical, legal, and religious Latin
Stone, Jon R., 1959-
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New York : Routledge, 1999.
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xv, 208 pages ; 23 cm

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PA2365.E5 S77 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author Notes

Jon R. Stone is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and Lecturer in the English Writing Program at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the author of Latin for the Illiterati (1996) and Guide to the End of the World: Popular Eschatology in America (1993).

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Library Journal Review

Stone follows up his Latin for the Illiterati (LJ 12/96) with this new dictionary, structured around the subtitle's three areas: medicine, law, and religion. Translations are brief and literal. The dictionary concludes with some of the same information given in Latin for the Illiterati as well as newer miscellaneous information, including Latin selections (with English translations) from the Roman Catholic liturgy. The dictionary ends with an English-Latin index. The major drawback is the arrangement by topicÄthe three different topic areas must be checked if the user doesn't know whether the word or phrase is medical, legal, or religious (there is no Latin index). On the positive side, this dictionary contains many terms not found in other recent Latin-English dictionaries, such as James Morwood's A Dictionary of Latin Words and Phrases (Oxford Univ., 1998). Adeleye's World Dictionary of Foreign Expressions provides translations from over 20 languages, making it an excellent resource for general users. Each definition indicates part of speech, language of origin, plural forms, and literal translation (including the literal translation of each word in a phrase). Also included are lengthier, connotative definitions, examples of use in sentences, and, when appropriate, cross references to other terms. Adeleye's dictionary is recommended for all public and academic libraries; Stone's is for libraries needing a more specialized resource.ÄCynthia A. Johnson, Barnard Coll. Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

More Latin aspires to provide those working in religion, law, and medicine with a handbook of common words and phrases. Separate Latin-to-English dictionaries are provided for those three professions. The book is rounded out by an English-to-Latin index, a list of abbreviations, and miscellaneous information. It is odd that the Latin-to-English lists are divided into three categories, while the English-to-Latin index and the list of abbreviations are both single-alphabet lists; combining the religious, legal, and medical Latin-to-English sections would have made the book more compact (some words are repeated in two sections) without making it less useful. It provides more specialized vocabularies than other handbooks of Latin phrases (e.g., Richard A. Branyon's Latin Phrases and Quotations, 1997; James Morwood's A Dictionary of Latin Words and Phrases, 1998; and More Latin's predecessor, Latin for the Illiterati, 1996) and is the only one to provide a separate English-to-Latin index and a list of abbreviations. As Stone notes in his introduction, More Latin is not comprehensive in scope--law, health science, and theological libraries may want more comprehensive works--but it will be helpful to public and undergraduate libraries. R. Withers; Miami University

Table of Contents

More Latin for the Illiteratip. i
Prefacep. ix
References and Sourcesp. xiii
Pronunciation Guidep. xv
Medical Latinp. 1
Legal Latinp. 39
Religious Latinp. 101
Abbreviationsp. 145
Miscellaneousp. 167
Roman Catholic Liturgy (Selections)p. 173
English-Latin Indexp. 181