Thursday, February 12, 2009

In Hoc Signo Vinces

I read this phrase in 'A Child's History of the World,' in the East Meadow Public Library, as a lad..

It's an old latin motto 'In this sign you shall conquer' - details here

Much later, New York magazine had a contest for the best incorrectly translated foreign expression. This was translated as 'Vinnie pawned his ring.' :-) 

In the same issue, 'Hava Nagila' was mis-translated as 'the lizard's on me....'

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