Steven Cole Smith
Steven Cole Smith Contributor
9/10/20 9:10 a.m.

There’s no question that the number of students in the U.S. taking Latin has “dropped significantly” over the past century or so, despite a plucky comeback thanks to J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books, where helpful life lessons are often disclosed in Latin, such as “Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus,” which translates to “Never tickle a sleeping dragon.”

Still, at least one Latin term perseveres, especially in the automotive realm: caveat emptor, which means, of course, “Let the buyer beware.” Studies show that unfortunate automobile purchases have been a far more irksome issue than sleeping dragons ever were. And while buying a car here in the U.S. can be an onerous task, buying a car from overseas just has caveat emptor written all over it.

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