A commonly used phrase that you might hear in every day speech is ‘Carpe Diem.’ Have you ever thought about where this saying comes from and what it’s meaning is? We are going to look further into the origin of this term and look at how it can be used in our conversations.
Carpe Diem Meaning
‘Carpe Diem’ means to seize the day. To not put off until tomorrow something that you can do today because tomorrow may never come.
Origin of this Idiom
The term is originally from Latin and carpe actually translates to ‘pluck’ but using the term ‘pluck the day’ does not make as much sense of have as much of an impact as the term ‘seize the day.’ The phrase was first recorded as a saying by Lord Byron but was originally coined by the Roman poet, Horace.
Other Ways to Say the Phrase
There are, of course, other ways in which you might express the meaning of the term ‘carpe diem.’ Some of those examples are listed below.
- Go for it
- Live for the day
- Seize the day
- Take no thought for tomorrow
- Live in the now
- Enjoy the moment
- Live for today
- Pluck the day
“Carpe Diem” Examples
You might use the phrase ‘Carpe diem’ to encourage someone to do something important. You might say something like
- ‘Go to that meeting today, don’t put it off until tomorrow, carpe diem.’
You might also use it to justify doing something trivial, for example you might say
- ‘I am going to splash out and go shopping today, carpe diem!’
- Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.
- Carpe Diem! You only live today once, so don’t waste it!
- His attitude towards his life is Carpe diem.
If you are wondering how the term ‘carpe diem’ might fit into a conversation, here are some examples of the ways in which it can be used.
- Person 1: “I’m a little nervous about this date I have tonight.”
- Person 2: “You will be fine.”
- Person 1: “I’m not so sure, what if I say the wrong thing? I might not go.”
- Person 2: “Don’t be silly, this guy could be your soulmate, carpe diem.”
- Person 1: “I didn’t really need to buy this new car.”
- Person 2: “So why did you buy it then?”
- Person 1: “It was on sale, carpe diem.”