The oldest English words are often short, strong, and easy to understand. By using two words with Latin roots they’ve made something as unpleasant as a grammar and usage manual sound chic. With that in mind, here are 20 more lovely Latin words for life’s least pleasant things. English absorbed a lot of other Latin words for trouble: adversity, calamity, distress, tribulation. Pituita // SpitOK, the Latin word mucus is pretty gross.