Monday, June 18, 2012

inter alia

inter alia [ˈɪntɛr ˈɑlɪˌɑ] adv.

1.) Among other things (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language).

Etymology: Latin inter, among + alia, neuter accusative plural of alius, other.

"Knowing French is an intellectual disposition; generosity is a disposition of the will. There is a difference between dispositions of the two kinds. To be generous is inter alia to be able when occasion demands to put others' interests before one's own. To know French is inter alia to be able when the occasion demands to conjugate correctly irregular verbs" (Summa Theologiae by Thomas Aquinas, Fathers of the English Dominican Province (trans.), 1912-36).

(God As Geometer, Unknown Artist, ~1250)


D4 said...

This feels easy. I guess knowing the base of it helps.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

The favourite phrase of, inter alia, lawyers everywhere. Thanks for mentioning the recent PBS documentary on the War of 1812 -- I've seen it and it's great!

Meri said...

huh. This one is in crosswords all of the time but I had no idea what it meant. Pretty simple, really.

Jenny Woolf said...

Funny, I have seen "inter alia" around so much but never pinpointed the meaning. I usually see it used in a legal context.

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