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What is Nautis?

A few people have asked me what exactly “nautis” means. Here’s the answer:

First of all, it’s Latin. You may have guessed that already if you scored over 1000 on the SAT. The rest of the translation requires at least a course in Latin 101. If you’ve gone to college or even high school in the last 50 years, you’ve most likely taken a course in some language other than English. Americans are most likely to have taken a romance language or German.

Unlike these languages, Latin not only conjugates verbs, but also does the insane, declines nouns. This means that not only do verbs have to agree in tense, the noun’s gender, number, and case are contained within the noun. In English, for example, case is determined by where it comes in the sentence. In Latin, the nouns can be put anywhere, and they usually are. Because the case is contained in the noun itself, there is no need for order. It is an efficient system, but unless you were born in ancient Rome, it is a little difficult to learn this system.

For those of you that haven’t brushed up on your grammar lately, here is a quick lesson:

  • gender:(male, female, neuter) these apply basically to men women and things, but is greatly extended into “grammatical sexuality”, so that some classes of things fall quite arbitrarily into sex-classes.
  • number: simply, singular or plural.
  • case: actually a syntactical relationship of the noun to other verbal elements in the sentence. The cases in Latin are six in the singular form, and an equal number in the plural. Nominative (subject), genitive (possessive), dative (indirect object), accusative (direct object), and ablative (kinda like a preposition).

Each declension is structurally different in its forms (endings) from the others, and a word normally belongs to one class and one class only. Okay, okay … So, what does the nautis project actually mean?

“Nautis” is a noun of the 1st declension, plural, masculine and it’s case is either dative or ablative. It’s root is “nauta,” meaning sailor or navigator: the way it used to describe this project, it is not the nominative, but the dative, therefore it is not the nautis project, but the nautis project … Meaning … the project for navigators.

Comments (4):

  1. rean

    July 31, 2006 at 8:33 am

    Nautis is a very good name ! Schopenhauer liked Nautis as well .allow me introduce myself ,rean cheng ,a undergraduate student from China .I’m majoring in biochemistry ,my all interests converge in life philosophu since my high school time .

    I ‘m aiming at the real quantum chemistry ,which may be my original idea .

    Nautis will be an ocean to open my sight ,thank you bery much .I sure I will be one of your best friend ,best wishes ! exchange viewpoints with each other ,anytime !

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  2. surreal2u

    August 2, 2006 at 6:57 pm

    Wow, fresh blood with a different perspective and intelligence to boot. Cool….

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  3. Nautis

    November 13, 2009 at 2:59 am

    my name is Nautis i’m 14, but i was just wondering if you could help me figure out what my name means..

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    • Stefanie

      February 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Good to know my son is not the only boy out there named Nautis! Hazaa to all the navigators of the sea.

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