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Say it in Latin, Celeritas et Veritas

June 15, 2016 , , , ,

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Celeritas et veritas is my new favorite Latin phrase. It means promptness and truth. My father had a catch phrase by which he was known during his career which was, “Hurry every chance you get.”  I think hurrying is overrated, and truth underrated.  If I create my own coat of arms I will make Celeritous et Veritas my motto.  I have been very attached to my 3 P’s for decades. They are:

  • Punctuality
  • Politeness
  • Professionalism

In my mind these are the tenants that apply to best practices in business, pleasure, and civic matters.  I judge people on their ability to be prompt, allowing for circumstances. Some folks have erratic schedules and responsibility loads based on family or career.  I have been in that position myself, juggling multiple tasks.  We are not always able to be perfectly prompt, but if tardiness is a chronic habit politeness and professionalism are completely destroyed. Those who never show up on time are passively aggressive and are shunned in my world after a reasonable trail period.  All relationships would benefit from more promptness and truth.  What is your Latin motto, gentle reader?

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Stultitia et amaritudine. It’s not my motto. it signifies all the beautiful gifts that the world offers to me. Which is why my motto should be Scilicet et vitrioli.

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nombre de la pluma

June 15, 2016

You should practice law.

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Pamela Morse

June 15, 2016

made me laugh. I’d be more bitter then.

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nombre de la pluma

June 15, 2016

“Semper Fidelis” is the Holton family motto (also the motto of the United States Marine Corps). A couple I like are:

De gustibus non est disputandum (there’s no arguing matters of taste)
Semper ubi sub ubi (always wear underwear)
-Au pays des aveugles les borgnes sont roi (In the land of the blind, the one eyed are king). I know it’s French, but I like it anyway.
Nemo me impune lacessit (no one provokes me with impunity). That one’s on the wall of Edinburgh Castle, and I think the Order of the Thistle uses it as its motto.

Come to think of it, I like “Semper Fidelis” (“always faithful”)…

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John Holton

June 15, 2016

Nemo me impune lacessit is especially juicy. Maybe it is just my current mood, but I think it is a keeper.

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Pamela Morse

June 15, 2016

I also like the mock-Latin “Illegitimi non carborundum”

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nombre de la pluma

June 15, 2016

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