Q. What are the classical Latin phrases for "voice of life" and "voice of truth"?

I work with Professor Bankole Johnson in the Department of Psychiatry. He would like to use a Latin phrase as the title of one of his forthcoming newsletters. He would like the terms to be accurate and wants to avoid an online translation tool. Thank you for any help that you can provide.

Answer

We have some print English-Latin dictionaries in the library.  There is one in the first floor Reference Collection under the call number PA2365.E5 C33 1977.

However, Google Translate http://translate.google.com/should work fine for a simple translation such as the examples you gave.  For instance, Google translate gives "Vox veritatis" for voice of truth and "Vox vitae" for voice of life. Although I am not a Latin scholar, the well-known phrase "Vox populi" (for "voice of the people" or "popular voice") follows the same construction. 

If in doubt, you may want to ask a Latin teacher.

  • Last Updated Sep 20, 2016
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