Everydayus Latin, pt. 2
“Alma mater” means “nourishing mother,” but usually indicates the school one graduated from.
“Cum laude” means “with praise” and indicates someone who earned grades among the best in their class.
“De facto” means “from the fact” and indicates the true reality of a situation, whether formalized or not. For example, “Since she was experienced and assertive, Sasha became the de facto team captain.”
“Et cetera,” unsurprisingly, means “and the other things.”
“Carpe diem” is usually translated as “seize the day,” but likely is closer to “pluck the day,” as if to make time to gather ripe fruits or flowers and enjoy an opportune moment to do something in nature.
“Emeritus” means “one who has served their term” and usually applies to retirees who keep their old title as an honorary gesture, such as “Pope Emeritus.”
“Caveat emptor” means “let the buyer beware,” and indicates that the buyer is taking the risk for a purchase, usually an item with no express warranty.