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Hic, this everyday Latin word


From 1690, it appeared on the fringes of legal acts. Jean-Loup Chiflet traces the course of this word from Latin.

There is no question here of


-triggered hiccup but the snag to that Mr. Gaffiot - first name * predestined - devoted two columns in his dictionary: adjective demonstrative pronoun, this, this, this and this , this, that, here, in this place, on this point, on this occasion ... Small word but great functions.

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Where does the notion of problem with the word hic come from?

From 1690, it appears in the margins of legal acts, to emphasize an important point, allowing documents to be read quickly.

The use of hic with the notion of problem, there is a hitch, would come from the expression:

"Hic jacet lepus"


“This is where the hare lies”, hence “lifting a hare”.

Read alsoThese Latin words that we use without knowing it

Hic can have a companion,


, in the Latin formula

hic et nunc

, "here and now".

There was nothing wrong with receiving money from Madame Dulauron or Madame de Marcieu or Madame de Sassenage as long as it was spent here

and now

and not hoarded.

Hic et nunc

is a way of speaking that Grenoble owed to its parliament

Stendhal, "Life of Henri Brulard", 1836

The gods were speaking.

Their promise was not yet the promise of eternal lives.

No, it was all played out here

and there

Sylvain Tesson, Le Figaro Magazine, April 10, 2020

* The author of the Gaffiot dictionary was named Félix, which in Latin means fertile, happy.

Some first names like Flora, flower goddess, Lætitia, joy, Léo, lion, Léa, lioness, Stella, star, etc.

came from Roman Antiquity

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Source: lefigaro

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