We have a chatroom, which a number of users have already found. Along with that there came the suggestion that we could change the name - perhaps to Lorem Ispum.

However, I'm sure we can do better than that. Propose names here as answers - one name per answer - and the voting can show which we should use. I'll return to this thread next week sometime, pick the highest voted, and rename the chatroom.

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    Since this is a fairly visible decision and chat users aren't necessarily active on meta, do we have any way of making this a featured meta question? – Lilienthal Feb 23 '16 at 22:53
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    Hmm I have seen some decent suggestion. But I'm looking for something with that extra spart, something with humour maybe, or a literary reference? Camera Obscura is...meh. Perhaps a variation on Forum? The something Forum? – Cerberus Feb 23 '16 at 23:10
  • As long as the letter v is used and u is not, I'm ok with any name the community should decide upon. :) – Michael Wolf Feb 24 '16 at 22:57
  • @Lilienthal Only moderators can add the [featured] tag. We have to wait for a community team member to notice this post. (It is listed as a "hot" meta post, though.) – Earthliŋ Feb 29 '16 at 9:29
  • @Earthliŋ I had flagged this for mod attention based on a discussion in chat but it seems like it wasn't picked up. Still, this question has gotten a fair bit of exposure and changing the chat's name later isn't a big deal so it's probably fine. – Lilienthal Feb 29 '16 at 9:43
  • @Art So, given that this question has sat for a while, should we change the name now to the most upvoted answer? (i.e. CONLOQVIVM) – Fund Monica's Lawsuit Mar 5 '16 at 1:35
  • @QPaysTaxes all done. – ArtOfCode Mar 5 '16 at 9:51

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Colloquium sive CONLOQVIVM sive COLLOQVIVM

It's Latin and English, it has 'to talk together' right in the etymology, and it means exactly what we need it to mean. Plus it's not fake Latin.

Lewis and Short define it as "a conversation, conference, discourse" and note that it is used in both classical poetry and prose. Cicero also uses it to mean "epistolary correspondence", which is appropriate to our chat since it's all written.

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    With alternate spelling: Colloqvivm – ArtOfCode Feb 26 '16 at 8:02
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    @ArtofCode Perhaps in all caps? COLLOQVIVM, or the Classical CONLOQVIVM? – cmw Feb 26 '16 at 15:03
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    @C.M.Weimer: I support the capitals. // Was -LL- really not used in the classical age? – Cerberus Feb 27 '16 at 22:30

The Forum / The FORVM

Alternative spelling added as suggested by Ben Kovitz.

It's both Latin and English. It's a short, single word that is easily referred to: "please take it to the forum" is a lot nicer to say than "please discuss that in chat" or "please move the discussion to [Insert Latin Phrase Here]"

It's also intuitive and perfectly encompasses what chatrooms are on StackExchange: an extension of the site for users to come together for the purpose of discussion.

As a bonus I like the historical tie to Ancient Rome which had the most famous forum of all.

From Wiktionary:

forum ‎(plural forums or fora)

  • A place for discussion.

  • A gathering for the purpose of discussion.

  • A form of discussion involving a panel of presenters and often participation by members of the audience.

  • (Internet) An Internet message board where users can post messages regarding one or more topics of discussion.

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    I don't know about this; though it is logical in Latin, it is likely to bring to mind a typical internet forum, which is somewhat different from chat. – Ian D. Scott Feb 24 '16 at 4:10
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    I like the irony of this (and was going to suggest this myself): Stack Exchange is not a forum, but our chatroom is … – Wrzlprmft Feb 24 '16 at 7:22
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    How about The FORVM? – Ben Kovitz Feb 25 '16 at 4:34
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    @BenKovitz Added as an alternative. – Lilienthal Feb 25 '16 at 11:23

How about the Conclave? It's a good word in both Latin and English: not just the separate room, but in Lewis and Short (and perhaps more in the spirit of the chatroom) a dining hall or even animal coop...!



There are several other Latin sites that use that name to refer to their chatrooms.

That said, I don't have strong feelings on the matter!



a similar idea as locutorium, but with a different verbal root (IMO better fitting to the meaning of "to chat")


Mihi vero placet nomen "confabulatorium". Confabulari fortasse aptissime convenit anglico to chat. Locutorium apud Ducangium testatur (Locus in Monasteriis in quibus Monachis invicem colloqui licebat, uti et Sanctimonialibus cum in aliis silentium indictum esset.), sed non est huic vocabulo vis "familiariter colloquendi", quae apertius occurit in confabulari.


A bit trite, but: Veni, Vidi, Dixi

  • Hope I got that right... <crosses fingers> – hBy2Py Feb 23 '16 at 22:07
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    Does it have to be English titlecase? – chirlu Feb 23 '16 at 22:11
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    @chirlu Do you mean, Veni, vidi, dixi? Or, adding macrons? – hBy2Py Feb 23 '16 at 22:11
  • Yes, I meant the capitalization (i.e. “Veni, vidi, dixi”). – chirlu Feb 23 '16 at 22:19
  • @chirlu I'm fine with it either way, but it'd be a proper name, and so wouldn't titlecase be appropriate? (Maybe not, I don't know Latin well enough to say.) – hBy2Py Feb 23 '16 at 22:21
  • @C.M.Weimer I won't be offended if you post your own version of this, using inquii instead. I didn't figure dixi was the best choice, but I didn't know any better options. – hBy2Py Feb 23 '16 at 22:56
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    @C.M.Weimer: I'm not sure inquii would be better? That is a very rare form. Locutus sum is probably more "normal", but...that doesn't sound good. While dixi probably doesn't mean "I chatted", it is not inconceivable for someone to come to chat to say something to the group, then leave, so I wouldn't say it is completely inappropriate. – Cerberus Feb 23 '16 at 23:09
  • No, it's not inappropriate, it just doesn't feel right. You're right that locutus sum is more grammatical yet clumsier. That's why my real suggestion is colloquium, though I favor forum, too. That said, inquii is used by Cicero, and thus should be accepted as perfectly good Latin. – cmw Feb 23 '16 at 23:11
  • @C.M.Weimer Unfortunately, inquii spoils the rhythm. – Ben Kovitz Feb 25 '16 at 4:30
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    In Germany, DIXI is a company renting mobile bathrooms. I can't get this association out of my mind. – jk - Reinstate Monica Mar 2 '16 at 15:16
  • @jknappen I should hope the chatroom won't go in that direction!! – hBy2Py Mar 2 '16 at 15:31

Probis pateo

Not a name exactly, but a phrase used to mark places of learning and education. That describes the site and chat well.


Latin est Gaudium et Utilis

As a tribute to Wheelock.


We should call it Ubi Ubi


Sona si Latine loqueris

And a few more characters to reach the minimum

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