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Olympic motto

Saturday, January 19, 2008, 02:54 - Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans, World History: Ancient, Medieval & Modern
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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: "Ludus pro patria" ("Sport for the sake of the country"), as opposed to fighting a war, of course. To put it bluntly, it was nationalism, not the striving for athletic achievements that spurred the modern Olympic movement. The officially adopted motto is much more appealing to an individual. It also is more true to the spirit of the Ancient Olympics (and other Greek games) where the big event was a chance for every Greek to experience the unity of the nation, and not to compete for his native polis. There is one big difference, though. As far as I know, no records were set at the Greek Olympics. Instead, one had to prove his strength and skills only among the competitors present. Modern fascination with records is responsible a lot of negative moments. It will ultimately cause the demise of the Olympics as we know them. Very soon champions will be getting cloned like sheep, and chemists will be officially in charge of achieving results that are simply possible for a normal human body.

Short Love Poems -- Posy Ring Mottos

Monday, January 14, 2008, 23:57 - Poetry, Literature, Music
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Just added a collection of old English posy ring poems. 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

Tuesday, January 8, 2008, 20:28 - Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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Added a new phrase pattern on the motto generator page. This pattern creates phrases like "In mutatione spes" etc (just in time for the primaries). It was not difficult to make this one, because I already had a list of Ablatives. Still, I think it adds something.

Nostalgia - etymology

Tuesday, January 8, 2008, 14:18 - Etymology and word roots, Ancient Greek Language, Latin Derivatives, Roots, Word Origins
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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).

Ok, they got the 'algeo' part somewhat right. The verb means 'feel pain, to be sick, to be sorrowful'. But it's Greek, not Latin!

'Nostos' means (in Greek, mind you) 'a return' or, sometimes, 'a journey'.

Apparently, as long as you get the meaning of the whole thing right it does not matter what meanings you ascribe to different parts of the word or what language you claim these parts to derive from.

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