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      • The Amazon Kindle: an Ovidian allusion

      • Slogan - a battle cry
        To me, 'slogan' is a funny word with an almost non-Indoeuropean ring to it. My thirst for etymological illumination brought me to the steps of the monument that is OED (Oxford English Dictionary):

        ad. Gael. sluagh-ghairm, f. sluagh host + gairm cry, shout.

        1. a. A wa

      • Poetic license...
        I fear that I am about to become very busy, so I am trying to spend the last days of freedom posting a few things, that I will otherwise neglect to share.

        This little quatrain was discovered by me in Allusion and Intertext: Dynamics of Appropriation in Roman Poetry by Stephen Hinds. I thi

      • Sundial mottos: Sic transit gloria mundi
        Sic transit gloria mundi - Thus passes the glory of this world

        I was not aware that there is a very specialized kind of mottos, namely the sundial mottos. I have located a book with a great deal of these phrases dedicated to time, its passing, and other, rather melancholic observations:
      • Love conquers all -- The imporatance of learning Latin
        Omnia vincit amor - Love conquers all

        In one of the last episodes of the Showtime Original Series 'The Tudors'(Season One) there is a following exchange between, if I recall correctly, Henry VIII and his courtier (I only convey the part that pertains to this discussion):
      • Rebus
        I should probably explain the etymology of the word rebus and then provide a better idea of why this site is called "In Rebus".

        According to A Dictionary of English Etymology
        by Hensleigh Wedgwood, John Christopher Atkinson:

        Rebus. A riddle where the meaning is i

      • Masonic Knights Templar rings' motto
        I have observed that there is considerable interest regarding the looks of the Knights Templar rings. Unfortunately, my research has only extended to the Masonic Templars, who are in no way connected to the actual military order. However, having found a reference to a Latin motto I felt obliged to m

      • Knights Templar motto
        Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed nomini tuo da gloriam! - Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto your name grant glory!

        When I decided to see how often this phrase from Psalm 113 was used in the Middle Ages I discovered that it really was not all that popular until Berndard de Clairv

      • Proklean as in...?
        Here is another curious company name. Proklean is an Australian company that makes all sorts of cleaning products ( Why did they name themselves with a k in klean? Perhaps someone else had already registered Proclean (which is highly likely). Or could it be that they did

      • Engraved promise ring

      • A variation of the 'Quod me nutrit me destruit' theme

        'Nutrisco et extinguo' - I feed and extinguish.

        This is from an old "Devises Heroiques". The explanation is that salamanders can extinguish fire with their frigid bodies, but they also feed on its flames.

      • Cicero and the etymology of 'syllabus'

      • More Latin car company names
        Previously I wrote about Volvo:

        The funny thing is that company names are so recognizable as such that it takes a special effort to notice their Latin roots. I trust these little snippets of corporate Latin may be useful for teaching Lati

      • Old Loeb editions online
        Since my very reasonable (in my opinion) suggestion to commemorate Loeb's 500th and 501st volumes by the way of a promotional "500 Loebs for $500" sale fell through...

        Early Loebs, with their idiosyncratic translations are indexed on this page:


      • Is America Rome?
        Cullen Murphy's "Are We Rome?" is briefly summarized here:

        There is one point that sounds very out of place:

        A certain arrogance follows from cultural dominance, in that Americans are slow to study foreign langua

      • Olympic motto
        Citius, Altius, Fortius - Faster, Higher, Stronger

        Why should I recall the familiar story of how Baron Pierre de Coubertin was moved by this motto, originally devised by Father Henri Didon? It is indeed more notable that de Coubertin's name is also linked to a different motto: "

      • Short Love Poems -- Posy Ring Mottos
        Just added a collection of . These are very short rhymed verses of varying charm and level of perfection. Great for Valentines and so on. Here are some of the best:




      • New phrase pattern for the motto generator

      • Nostalgia - etymology
        Seriously, where do these people get there etymologies from?

        To make this quotation more understandable let me remind you that the word nostalgia is comprised of the Latin words “nostos (home) and “algia (fervent desire, longing).

      • Housman - Fragment of a didactic poem on the Latin grammar
        I was unable to find this text online, but it should definitely be in public domain, as it was first published in 1899. If you have never read this before, keep in mind that the poem gets really good closer to its middle. I have actually seen it circulate in and abridged form, beginning with line 30

      • The Latin origin of "Celebrity" - another media gaffe
        The word celebrity itself comes from the Latin word ‘celebritatem' meaning, literally, ‘condition of being famous.' Which means that people just have to recognise you for you to be a celebrity. The irony of course being that most celebrities strive for years to be famous, then wear dark gl

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