Oct. 11, 2014

How Do You Say Whoops in Latin?

Take care with dead languages, because they can come back to bite. The motto on the new, multi-million dollar library in Morristown, New Jersey, reads, “Nos secundus concieto omnia.” Paging through a Latin dictionary, the library staff thought the motto meant “We confirm all things twice” and left it at that, not double-checking the statement. But there are grammar rules and words can mean different things – much to the chagrin of middle school students everywhere studying Latin. When one resident of the town plugged the phrase into Google’s translation software, it was translated “We second-guess everything.” The takeaway from this? You can never double check your grammar and facts enough. But just so you don’t second-guess the Latin on our website, here are the translations on our FAQ page. More…

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