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13th Dec '17 1:46:51 PM eroock
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14th Nov '17 8:04:04 AM smoov22
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*''WebAnimation/CampCamp'' parodies this with "Campe Diem", a combination of "Carpe Diem" and the obvious theme of splicing the word "camp" everywhere possible.
29th Oct '17 3:39:20 PM Trueman001
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* One well-known fan-made {{VideoGame/Doom}} [=WADfile=] is called "Momento Mori" -- "remember, you will die".
20th Sep '17 8:21:20 AM PixelKnight
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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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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.AltumVidetur.''[[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.
17th Sep '17 11:07:54 AM nombretomado
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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 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.UsefulNotes/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 mottoes.
15th Sep '17 10:25:07 AM Commander145
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10th Sep '17 12:52:02 PM Ezclee4050
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** [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] producer George Martin's motto on his coat of arms after he was knighted was ''Amore solum opus est'' (roughly [[WaxingLyrical "All you need is love"]]).
10th Sep '17 12:40:24 PM Ezclee4050
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*** The Santa Cruz campus has jokingly adopted ''Fiat slug'' as its unofficial motto, in relation to its use of "Banana Slugs" as the nickname for its sports teams.
25th Aug '17 4:40:05 PM AntonF
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* Non-Latin example, institutions in the Indian cultural sphere have Pretentious Sanskrit Motto, as the language is to the Indosphere what Latin is to the western world.
** UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}} has virtually all its higher government institutions and military titles adopting Sanskrit slogans. A few examples are ''Swa Bhuwana Paksa'' ("Wings of the Motherland", the Air Force motto), ''Jalesveva Jayamahe'' ("On the Sea We are Glorious", the Navy motto), and ''Rastra Sewakottama'' ("Servant of the People", the Police motto). In fact, the country's national motto (''Bhineka Tunggal Ika'', "Unity in Diversity", this one is mixed with Old Javanese, though) and philosophy (''Pancasila'', "Five Principles") are both in Sanskrit.
** UsefulNotes/{{India}} itself is abound with examples coming from educational sector; basically any famous university you've ever heard of has one somewhere in the corner. The University of Delhi's ''Nishtha Dhriti Satyam'' ("Truth is born from faith") is but one of them. Non university-examples are the Supreme Court's ''Yato Dharmas Tato Jayah'' ("Whence dharma, thence victory") and the Coast Guard's ''Vayam Rakshamaha'' ("We protect"). The country's national motto, meanwhile, is ''Satyameva Jayate'' ("Only the truth triumphs").
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.
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