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9th Aug '17 10:43:07 AM AkiTendo
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One of the best ways to show one's status or credibility ''really'' pretentiously is with a Latin motto. In the old days, it conferred some level of prestigae. These days, only SmartPeopleKnowLatin, so whoever still uses one is basically trying to show how much smarter, richer, and generally more awesome they are than use.

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One of the best ways to show one's status or credibility ''really'' pretentiously is with a Latin motto. After all ''quidquid latine dictum sit altum videtur.''[[note]]Whatever is written in Latin sounds profound.[[/note]] In the old days, it conferred some level of prestigae. These days, only SmartPeopleKnowLatin, so whoever still uses one is basically trying to show how much smarter, richer, and generally more awesome they are than use.


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* The Brotherhood of Steel has the motto "Ad Victoriam" (To victory) in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}''. Quite a few of the Brotherhood related quests have Latin titles as well.
31st Jul '17 6:53:23 AM Trueman001
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* The City of London's motto, ''Domine Dirigi Nos'', sounds quite impressive -- until you realise that it can be translated as the Cockney phrase "Gawd 'elp us".
27th Jul '17 10:49:39 AM dracogeorge
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** [[AvertedTrope Which isn't a motto]]. It's a title. And since the [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire people]] who named it spoke Latin as their first language, it's not really pretentious.
10th Jul '17 3:09:51 PM pyroclastic
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** The United States: For almost 200 years, ''E pluribus unum'' ("Out of many, one") was the ''de facto'' motto. It was considered a great description of the nation as TheFederation and a MeltingPot. Then in 1956, Congress officially declared "In God We Trust" to be the motto almost entirely because of the RedScare, but ''E pluribus unum'' is still a ''de facto'' second motto, appearing on the Great Seal and most U.S. currency. 22 individual states also have their own latin mottoes.

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** The United States: For almost 200 years, ''E pluribus unum'' ("Out of many, one") was the ''de facto'' motto. It was considered a great description of the nation as TheFederation and a MeltingPot. Then in 1956, Congress officially declared "In God We Trust" to be the motto almost entirely because of the RedScare, but ''E pluribus unum'' is still a ''de facto'' second motto, appearing on the Great Seal and most U.S. currency. The Great Seal also has two more Latin mottoes, ''Annuit cúptis'' ("He [God] has favored our undertakings.") and ''Novus ordo seculorum'' ("A new order of the ages," quoting Creator/{{Virgil}}, and ''not'' meaning [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories "New World Order"]]). 22 individual states also have their own latin Latin mottoes.
9th Jul '17 2:28:59 PM Mdumas43073
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29th Jun '17 3:16:33 AM pyroclastic
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29th Jun '17 3:15:20 AM pyroclastic
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* The playfield for ''Pinball/GameOfThrones'' includes the motto ''Valar Morghulis'' ("All men must die").
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10th Jun '17 11:34:32 AM nombretomado
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** Creator/JohannSebastianBach liked to write ''Solo Dei Gloria'' ("To God alone the glory") on his manuscripts. It's one of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_solae five solae]] that form the backbone of Lutheran doctrine, and Bach was a devout Lutheran.

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** Creator/JohannSebastianBach Music/JohannSebastianBach liked to write ''Solo Dei Gloria'' ("To God alone the glory") on his manuscripts. It's one of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_solae five solae]] that form the backbone of Lutheran doctrine, and Bach was a devout Lutheran.
26th May '17 6:51:27 PM Octoya
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* "Malo mori quam foedari" is the motto of the Penny Murderer in ''ComicBook/BrodysGhost'', translated in-story as "Death before disgrace." He applies it to his victims instead of himself, however.
26th May '17 1:29:19 AM molace
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** Hungary: During the midle ages, the official catholic name of the entire kingdom was ''Regnum Marianum'' (''Kingdom of (the Blessed Virgin) Mary''), as she was chosen to be the Patron Saint by [[OurFounder Saint Stephen]]. The other one was a BattleCry used in many revolutions against the Habsburgs: ''Cum Deo pro Patria et Libertate'' (''With the help of God for Homeland and Freedom'')
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