Vocabulary: Per Diem
(Columbus, GA USA)
Dear Latin Teacher,
If "per diem" is Latin for "per day", what is Latin for "per week", please?
There are two Latin words for week. One is hebdomas, hebdomadis
, which means seven days. In Roman times this word was used to refer to the quarter moon and to the critical seventh day of an illness.
The Romans did not reckon time by weeks, but if you were to use this word the phrase per week
would be per hebdomadem
The second possible word is septimana, septimanae
, which is late Latin for seven days
. So your phrase would be per septimanam
For simplicity, and for the modern ring it carries, I would suggest using the late Latin saying per septimanam
. So a word per week would be in Latin "Verbum Per Septimanam".
See an earlier post involving the word week
: annus horribilis
And for other phrases using the preposition per
with an accusative noun: per annum
= per yearper mensem
= per monthper capita
= per headpercent
= per hundredper mill
= per thousandper se
= through itselfper os
= by mouthper rectum
= by the other end
Hope this helps!
Thanks for asking a Latin teacher!
See more Latin roots
Return to Vocabulary Lesson Plans