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Foreign words 13

sic transit gloria mundi

Phonetics: sick tran’sit glor’ee-uh mun’dee

Origin: Latin

Meaning: thus passes away the glory of the world.

Usage: Watching the aging former football quarterback lumber down the street, potbellied and dissipated, his friend shook his head in disbelief and muttered, ‘sic transit gloria mundi’.

sine qua non

Phonetics: sin’ay kwah nohn’

Origin: Latin

Meaning: indispensable element or condition.

Usage: Lemon is the sine qua non of this recipe.

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