Latin Phrase: Per Se
Special summer series on Latin phrases! While many of Latin words are still used in today’s English-speaking academia, not many opportunities are given for international students to learn those useful expressions thoroughly. For this summer, ISO Culture Thursday will introduce some basic Latin words every week.
“Per se (literally ‘by itself’ or ‘itself’ in Latin)” is a latin phrase that is commonly used to emphasize the importance of the consideration of extraneous factors. People often use this expression when when they want to single out a particular element of a bigger context. A current example would be: “I know it is not a beautiful town per se, but it is where my family members come from; so I like it so much.”