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* The motto of the Hat Creek Cattle Company in ''Literature/LonesomeDove'' is ''Uva Uvam Vivendo Varia Fit'' (an incorrect quotation from Juvenal, which means roughly "A grape ripens when seeing another grape"). It's only there because Gus [=McCrae=] thinks it looks classy to have a Latin motto, but even Gus has no idea what it means. Gus' partner Call finds it irritating and says that it could be an invitation to thieves for all Gus knows - although Gus says that it would be nice to have a chance to shoot at some educated thieves for a change.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11547735/5/Amicus-Protectio-Fortis Amicus Protectio Fortis]]'' Dean suggests that the Defense Association motto should be ''Beatus vir qui non abiit in consilio impiorum'' ("Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked").


* 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.
** [[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.



* 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."

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* Above the front-door of the playboy mansion 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."


* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8423230/7/Amber-and-Emerald Amber and Emerald]]'' Ron quips that the Potter House motto is ''Non nos facimus normalis'' ("We don't do normal").


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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11347516/3/When-the-Thunder-Breaks When the Thunder Breaks]]'' the Longbottom family motto is ''Grandis est quercus superum angens vitis'' ("Tall is the oak that survives the strangling vine").

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': U.A. is known as the best SuperheroSchool around so it fittingly gets one of these. Its motto is "Plus Ultra" ("further beyond") as a BadassCreed for its superheroes-in-training to continuously grow and push boundaries.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5915140/5/Harry-Potter-and-the-Cursed-Summer Harry Potter and the Cursed Summer]]'', a portrait states that the Potter family motto is ''Beatus exsisto audacia'' ("Blessed be the daring").
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9822874/21/Harry-Potter-and-the-Return-of-Heritage Harry Potter and the Return of Heritage]]'', Sirius states that the Potter family motto is ''Mors omnes amici cognoscat oportet'' ("Death is a friend we all must acquaint").

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5915140/5/Harry-Potter-and-the-Cursed-Summer Harry Potter and the Cursed Summer]]'', Summer]]'' a portrait states that the Potter family motto is ''Beatus exsisto audacia'' ("Blessed be the daring").
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9822874/21/Harry-Potter-and-the-Return-of-Heritage Harry Potter and the Return of Heritage]]'', Heritage]]'' Sirius states that the Potter family motto is ''Mors omnes amici cognoscat oportet'' ("Death is a friend we all must acquaint").



* In ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/4642155/chapters/10882409 Adventures in Dimension Hopping]]'' Harry and several others start their own [[Film/RevengeOfTheNerds Tri-Lambda]] chapter and Andrew decides they need a motto. He initially suggests ''Sit vis nobiscus'' ("Let the force be with us"), which gets shouted down because none of them are Jedi. Jonathan tries ''Semper ubi sub ubi'' (A pun for "Always wear underwear") and Spike states that he goes commando. Xander suggests the ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' motto and Spike states that it would set the wrong tone before suggesting ''Utinam barbari saptium proprium tuum invadant'' ("May barbarians invade your personal space"). Tom's smart-ass suggestion is ''Vah! Denuone Latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur'' ("Oh, was I speaking Latin again? Silly me, sometimes it just slips out"). Harry's serious suggestion, which they eventually decide to use, is a quote from Hannibal: ''Viam aut inveniam aut faciam'' ("I'll either find a way or make one").

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* In ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/4642155/chapters/10882409 Adventures in Dimension Hopping]]'' Harry and several others start their own [[Film/RevengeOfTheNerds Tri-Lambda]] chapter and Andrew decides they need a motto. He initially suggests ''Sit vis nobiscus'' ("Let the force be with us"), which gets shouted down because none of them are Jedi. Jonathan tries ''Semper ubi sub ubi'' (A (a pun for "Always wear underwear") and Spike states that he goes commando. Xander suggests the ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' motto and Spike states that it would set the wrong tone before suggesting ''Utinam barbari saptium proprium tuum invadant'' ("May barbarians invade your personal space"). Tom's smart-ass suggestion is ''Vah! Denuone Latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur'' ("Oh, was I speaking Latin again? Silly me, sometimes it just slips out"). Harry's serious suggestion, which they eventually decide to use, is a quote from Hannibal: ''Viam aut inveniam aut faciam'' ("I'll either find a way or make one").


* In ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/4642155/chapters/10882409 Adventures in Dimension Hopping]]'' Harry and several others start their own Tri-Lambda group and Andrew decides that they need a motto. He initially suggests ''Sit vis nobiscus'' ("Let the force be with us"), which gets shouted down because none of them are Jedi. Jonathan tries ''Semper ubi sub ubi'' (DogLatin for "Always wear underwear") and Spike states that he goes commando. Xander suggests the ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' motto and Spike states that it would set the wrong tone before suggesting ''Utinam barbari saptium proprium tuum invadant'' ("May barbarians invade your personal space"). Tom's smart-ass suggestion is ''Vah! Denuone Latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur'' ("Oh, was I speaking Latin again? Silly me, sometimes it just slips out"). Harry's serious suggestion, which they eventually decide on using, is a quote from Hannibal: ''Viam aut inveniam aut faciam'' ("I'll either find a way or make one").

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* In ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/4642155/chapters/10882409 Adventures in Dimension Hopping]]'' Harry and several others start their own Tri-Lambda group [[Film/RevengeOfTheNerds Tri-Lambda]] chapter and Andrew decides that they need a motto. He initially suggests ''Sit vis nobiscus'' ("Let the force be with us"), which gets shouted down because none of them are Jedi. Jonathan tries ''Semper ubi sub ubi'' (DogLatin (A pun for "Always wear underwear") and Spike states that he goes commando. Xander suggests the ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' motto and Spike states that it would set the wrong tone before suggesting ''Utinam barbari saptium proprium tuum invadant'' ("May barbarians invade your personal space"). Tom's smart-ass suggestion is ''Vah! Denuone Latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur'' ("Oh, was I speaking Latin again? Silly me, sometimes it just slips out"). Harry's serious suggestion, which they eventually decide on using, to use, is a quote from Hannibal: ''Viam aut inveniam aut faciam'' ("I'll either find a way or make one").


** An interesting one is Rutgers University (an old colonial college later turned into a public university), whose Latin motto "Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra" ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon The West Also") is a direct reference to Utrecht University in the Netherlands, whose motto is ''Sol iustitiae illustra nos'' ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon Us", a literal translation of [[Literature/BookOfMalachi Malachi 4:2]]). Both Rutgers and Utrecht are historically linked to the Dutch Reformed Church (though both have long since become secular state institutions) and have long had informal links to each other.

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** An interesting one is Rutgers University (an old colonial college later turned into a public university), whose Latin motto "Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra" ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon The West Also") is a direct reference to Utrecht University in the Netherlands, whose motto is ''Sol iustitiae illustra nos'' ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon Us", a literal translation of [[Literature/BookOfMalachi Malachi 4:2]]). Both Rutgers and Utrecht are historically linked to the Dutch Reformed Church (though both have long since become secular state institutions) and have long had informal links to ties with each other.


** An interesting one is Rutgers University (an old colonial college later turned into a public university), whose Latin motto "Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra" ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon The West Also") is a direct reference to Utrecht University in the Netherlands, whose motto is ''Sol iustitiae illustra nos'' ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon Us", a literal translation of [[Literature/BookOfMalachi Malachi 4:2]]). Both Rutgers and Utrecht are historically Dutch Reformed institutions (though both have long since become secular state institutions) and have long had informal links to each other.

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** An interesting one is Rutgers University (an old colonial college later turned into a public university), whose Latin motto "Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra" ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon The West Also") is a direct reference to Utrecht University in the Netherlands, whose motto is ''Sol iustitiae illustra nos'' ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon Us", a literal translation of [[Literature/BookOfMalachi Malachi 4:2]]). Both Rutgers and Utrecht are historically linked to the Dutch Reformed institutions Church (though both have long since become secular state institutions) and have long had informal links to each other.


** An interesting one is Rutgers University (an old colonial college later turned into a public university), whose Latin motto "Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra" ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon The West Also") is a direct reference to Utrecht University in the Netherlands, whose motto is ''Sol iustitiae illustra nos'' ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon Us", a literal translation of [[Literature/BookOfMalachi Malachi 4:2]]). Both Rutgers and Utrecht are historically Dutch Reformed institutions (though both have long since become secular state institutions) and had informal links to each other.

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** An interesting one is Rutgers University (an old colonial college later turned into a public university), whose Latin motto "Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra" ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon The West Also") is a direct reference to Utrecht University in the Netherlands, whose motto is ''Sol iustitiae illustra nos'' ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon Us", a literal translation of [[Literature/BookOfMalachi Malachi 4:2]]). Both Rutgers and Utrecht are historically Dutch Reformed institutions (though both have long since become secular state institutions) and have long had informal links to each other.


** The University of California system had ''Fiat lux'' ("Let there be light"), but in an effort to counter its apparent obscurity and pretentiousness, most modern versions of the university seal feature the English version instead.

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** An interesting one is Rutgers University (an old colonial college later turned into a public university), whose Latin motto "Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra" ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon The West Also") is a direct reference to Utrecht University in the Netherlands, whose motto is ''Sol iustitiae illustra nos'' ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon Us", a literal translation of [[Literature/BookOfMalachi Malachi 4:2]]). Both Rutgers and Utrecht are historically Dutch Reformed institutions (though both have long since become secular state institutions) and had informal links to each other.
** The University of California system had ''Fiat lux'' ("Let there be light"), but in an effort to counter its apparent obscurity and pretentiousness, most modern versions of the university seal feature the English version instead.instead


* In 2002, the then-editor of The Daily Telegraph, Campbell Reid, sent ''Series/MediaWatch'' host David Marr a dead fish. [[InsultBackfire A replica of it is now awarded as the Campbell Reid Perpetual Trophy for the Brazen Recycling of Other People's Work]]. Known as "The Barra" and bearing the motto ''Carpe Verbatim'' ("Seize word-for-word"), it is awarded annually for bad journalism and particularly plagiarism (a practice for which Reid had been frequently criticised).

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* In 2002, the then-editor of The Daily Telegraph, Telegraph (the one in Sydney, not the one in London), Campbell Reid, sent ''Series/MediaWatch'' host David Marr a dead fish. [[InsultBackfire A replica of it is now awarded as the Campbell Reid Perpetual Trophy for the Brazen Recycling of Other People's Work]]. Known as "The Barra" and bearing the motto ''Carpe Verbatim'' ("Seize word-for-word"), it is awarded annually for bad journalism and particularly plagiarism (a practice for which Reid had been frequently criticised).

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** The [[ColdSniper Vindicare]] branch of the [[ProfessionalKiller Officio Assassinorum]] has the motto ''Exitus Acta Probat'': literally, TheEndJustifiesTheMeans.


* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9822874/21/Harry-Potter-and-the-Return-of-Heritage Harry Potter and the Return of Heritage]]'', Sirius states that the Potter family motto is ''Mors omnes amici cognoscat oportet'' ("Death is a friend we all must acquaint")

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9822874/21/Harry-Potter-and-the-Return-of-Heritage Harry Potter and the Return of Heritage]]'', Sirius states that the Potter family motto is ''Mors omnes amici cognoscat oportet'' ("Death is a friend we all must acquaint")acquaint").


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* In ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/4642155/chapters/10882409 Adventures in Dimension Hopping]]'' Harry and several others start their own Tri-Lambda group and Andrew decides that they need a motto. He initially suggests ''Sit vis nobiscus'' ("Let the force be with us"), which gets shouted down because none of them are Jedi. Jonathan tries ''Semper ubi sub ubi'' (DogLatin for "Always wear underwear") and Spike states that he goes commando. Xander suggests the ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' motto and Spike states that it would set the wrong tone before suggesting ''Utinam barbari saptium proprium tuum invadant'' ("May barbarians invade your personal space"). Tom's smart-ass suggestion is ''Vah! Denuone Latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur'' ("Oh, was I speaking Latin again? Silly me, sometimes it just slips out"). Harry's serious suggestion, which they eventually decide on using, is a quote from Hannibal: ''Viam aut inveniam aut faciam'' ("I'll either find a way or make one").

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