Quid Sibi Vult

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Ursinus
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Quid Sibi Vult

Post by Ursinus » Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:03 pm

Quid sibi vult means "what does it mean." Can you say quid tibi vis to mean what do you mean? Either way, what is the best way in Latin to say, "what do you mean."
In hoc enim fallimur, quod mortem prospicimus" -- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Διορθοῦ με εἰ πλανῶμαι, παρακαλῶ.

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Re: Quid Sibi Vult

Post by RandyGibbons » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:59 pm

I'm taking these from Andreas Fritsch's Index Sententarium Ac Locutionum: Handbuch lateinischer Sätze und Redewendungen. I haven't looked up the citations, just passing them on:

quid tibi vis, insane? HOR. sat. 2,6,29
quid tibi vis, Marce Cato? SEN. epist. 14,13
quid tibi vis? TER. Eun. 559; 804; 1007

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Re: Quid Sibi Vult

Post by Ursinus » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:58 pm

Gratias tibi ago secundo tuum ob adiutorium, mi amice.
In hoc enim fallimur, quod mortem prospicimus" -- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Re: Quid Sibi Vult

Post by Nesrad » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:40 pm

It's more than just "what does it mean". Idiomatically it could be " what is he getting at? or even "WTF?" :)

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