What is the Latin root of 'American dream'?
America is the Latin root of 'American dream'. The Latin proper noun derives from the Italian form, such as in the name Amerigo Vespucci [March 11, 1454-February 22, 1512]. The Italian proper noun in turn comes from the German 'Almerich'. But the root of 'dream' isn't Latin. Instead, it's from the Old English 'dream', which means 'joy' and which in turn comes from the Old Norse' draum' for 'dream'. Somnium americanum is the Latin equivalent of 'American dream'. The neuter gender noun 'somnium' means 'dream'....
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How do you say I dream therefore I exist in Latin?
Literally, Somnio ergo sum ("I dream therefore I am"). Be aware, however, that Latin somnio, at least in Classical usage, doesn't have quite the same connotations as English "I dream". The English word can have the quite positive figurative meaning "to imagine a better future". The Latin word, by contrast, implies idleness or delusion. Other translations for this positive sense of "I dream" might be spero, "I hope", or perhaps meliora cogito, "I imagine better things". ...