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1st Dec '16 9:09:33 AM Madrugada
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** In ''Thud!'' someone asks Vimes "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" (translated as "Who watches the watchmen?", as above). Vimes' answer? "Me."

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** In ''Thud!'' someone asks Vimes "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" (translated as "Who watches the watchmen?", as above).watchmen?"). Vimes' answer? "Me."



** The novel exploring vampires is titled after the family motto of the Magpyrs: ''Carpe Jugulum'' ("Go for the throat").
* Literature/ArtemisFowl's family motto is ''Aurum Est Potestas'' ("Gold is power"). It orders on DogLatin, since while the sentence would be perfectly intelligible and theoretically even correct to a Latin-speaker, the preferred word order would have been ''Aurum potestas est'' (which appears in the German translation). One explanation may be that the word order is for emphasis ("It is ''gold'' that is power").

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** The novel exploring vampires is titled after the family motto of the Magpyrs: ''Carpe Jugulum'' ("Go for ("Seize the throat").
* Literature/ArtemisFowl's family motto is ''Aurum Est Potestas'' ("Gold is power"). It orders borders on DogLatin, since while the sentence would be perfectly intelligible and theoretically even correct to a Latin-speaker, the preferred word order would have been ''Aurum potestas est'' (which appears in the German translation). One explanation may be that the word order is for emphasis ("It is ''gold'' that is power").



* In ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'', the titular organization's motto is ''Sic transit gloria mundi'' ("The glory of man is fleeting"). When the narrator of most of the series first learns this, there is an explanation as to why this is meaningful.

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* In ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'', the titular organization's motto is ''Sic transit gloria mundi'' ("The glory of man the world is fleeting"). When the narrator of most of the series first learns this, there is an explanation as to why this is meaningful.



* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In one episode, a group calling themselves "the praetorians" has the motto ''caveat praetoriani'' which supposedly means "beware the praetorians". After one of them is arrested for murder, Grissom points out that the grammar is wrong (it actually means "praetorians beware").

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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In one episode, a group calling themselves "the praetorians" has the motto ''caveat praetoriani'' which supposedly means "beware the praetorians". After one of them is arrested for murder, Grissom points out that the grammar is wrong (it actually means "praetorians beware").beware". The correct Latin for "Beware of the praetorians" would be ''cave preatoriani''.
13th Nov '16 2:49:32 PM Kamikashi
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** The British Royal Navy has ''Si vis pacem, para bellum'' ("If you wish for peace, prepare for war"). It was originally the motto of the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell.

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** The British Royal Navy has ''Si vis pacem, para bellum'' ("If you wish for peace, prepare for war"). It was originally the motto of the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell.Cromwell, and is a quote by ''Marcus Tullius Cicero'' from the 7th Philippic Speech.



** A common DogLatin personal moto: ''Illegitimis nil carborundum'' ("Don't let the bastards grind you down"). It appears in ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'' but dates back to around UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. "Carborundum" is actually a trademark for silicon carbide, and the first word is also suspect. One attempt to render it in proper Latin was ''Noli nothis permittere te terere''.

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** A common DogLatin personal moto: motto: ''Illegitimis nil carborundum'' ("Don't let the bastards grind you down"). It appears in ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'' but dates back to around UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. "Carborundum" is actually a trademark for silicon carbide, and the first word is also suspect. One attempt to render it in proper Latin was ''Noli nothis permittere te terere''.
5th Oct '16 10:44:01 PM StevieC
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* Above the front-door of the playboy mansion is a plaque bearing the Latin phrase ''Si non oscillas, noli tintinnare'' which translates in English to "If you can't swing, don't ring."
5th Oct '16 10:39:42 PM StevieC
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* Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, gave his spaceflight company Blue Origin a motto in Latin: ''Gradatim Ferocitor'' (roughly "Gradually Fierce" which official company publications translate as "Step By Step, Ferociously")

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* Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, gave his spaceflight company Blue Origin a motto in Latin: ''Gradatim Ferocitor'' Ferociter'' (roughly "Gradually Fierce" which official company publications translate as "Step By Step, Ferociously")
25th Sep '16 3:34:32 PM StevieC
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* Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, gave his spaceflight company Blue Origin a motto in Latin: ''Gradatim Ferociter'' (which official company publications translate as "Step By Step, Ferociously")

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* Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, gave his spaceflight company Blue Origin a motto in Latin: ''Gradatim Ferociter'' (which Ferocitor'' (roughly "Gradually Fierce" which official company publications translate as "Step By Step, Ferociously")
25th Sep '16 3:32:24 PM StevieC
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* Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, gave his spaceflight company Blue Origin a motto in Latin: ''Gradatim Ferociter'' (which official company publications translate as "Step By Step, Ferociously")
7th Sep '16 3:26:25 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The UNSC ''[[CoolShip Spirit of Fire]]'' has one in ''VideoGame/HaloWars'': ''Exitus Acta Probat'' ("[[KnightTemplar The end justifies the means]]").

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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', each UNSC starship has its own Latin motto:
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The UNSC ''[[CoolShip Spirit of Fire]]'' from ''VideoGame/HaloWars'' has one in ''VideoGame/HaloWars'': ''Exitus Acta Probat'' ("[[KnightTemplar The end justifies the means]]").means]]").
** The UNSC ''[[TheBattlestar Infinity]]'' has ''Audere Est Facere'' (To Dare is to Do).
3rd Sep '16 5:01:12 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' mentions several family mottos, the biggest groaner being the baker's, ''Quod Subigo Farinam'' ("[[{{Pun}} Because I knead the dough]]"). A deprecated coat of arms is also shown reading ''Excretus Ex Est Altitudine'' and ''Depositatum De Latrina'' (respectively, "shat on from a great height" and "dropped down the toilet"). Apparently, the motto-giver was disgusted with the idea of upstart commoners purchasing arms and did this sort of thing on purpose.

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** ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' mentions several family mottos, the biggest groaner being the baker's, ''Quod Subigo Farinam'' ("[[{{Pun}} Because I knead the dough]]"). A deprecated coat of arms is also shown reading ''Excretus Ex Est Altitudine'' and ''Depositatum De Latrina'' (respectively, "shat on from a great height" and "dropped down the toilet"). Apparently, the motto-giver was disgusted with the idea of upstart commoners purchasing arms and did this sort of thing on purpose. [[spoiler: It becomes a plot point later that the one that's in plain English spells out the villain's plot when translated.]]
3rd Sep '16 4:59:20 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** [[TheGrimReaper The Sto-Helits]] go with the unsubtle ''Non Timetis Messor'' ("Don't Fear the Reaper"), which is also a ShoutOut to Music/BlueOysterCult.

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** [[TheGrimReaper The Sto-Helits]] go with the unsubtle ''Non Timetis Messor'' ("Don't Fear the Reaper"), which is also a ShoutOut to Music/BlueOysterCult. Terry later adapted this, with better Latin (Noli Timere Messorem), as his actual family motto on his coat of arms when he was knighted.
27th Aug '16 5:48:07 PM Flawedspirit
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* The PretentiousLatinMotto that started it all: ''Senātus Populusque Rōmānus'' (The Senate and People of Rome, usually abbreviated "S.P.Q.R"), motto of the UsefulNotes/RomanEmpire.
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