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Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Strange request

Hi everyone in Blog Land. I hope all of you are writing hard and working towards achieving your goals. I have a strange request. What I am after are school mottoes in both the latin, or whatever language it was written in and what they mean in English. I went to a comp and I can't for the life of me remember if we had one or not! I know some schools have them chiseled into the stonework of the school somewhere prominent and it sets the whole ethos of the school.

Can anyone remember any?

Thanks - it will be much appreciated.

Julie xx


Debs said...

I've just looked up my old school's motto, Sine Macula, and apparently it means without stain! It was a convent school, so that probably explains it. It was also known as the Convent of the Immaculate Conception.

Julie P said...

Without Stain! Ah - pure and clean. That's interesting. I'm after a motto for the school in my NaNo Motto but it's not a convent school. Thanks for looking it up. Maybe I should make it a convent school. Watch this space!

Julie xx

Suzanne Jones said...

Couldn't tell you if any of the schools I went to had a motto - but the motto of my daughter's school is Juventutis Veho Fortunas (Latin for 'I bear the fortunes of youth').


Julie P said...

Oooh! That's a good one, Suzanne. Thank you.

Julie xx

Olivia Ryan said...

Hi Julie
My old school had a motto: 'Gladly lerne and gladly teche' - not Latin, but taken from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The meaning doesn't need translating - although I must say I didn't follow it - I didn't really learn very gladly there!
My brother went to the boys' school that was considered our counterpart, and had a Latin motto: 'Semper Procedens' which I believe translates as 'Always progressing'. My Latin's a bit rusty but I'm sure semper is always.
Hope that helps!

Lynne Hackles said...

And the school I was asked to leave had the motto of Gratius Hodie Agimus - We give thanks today. I never gave thanks in all the years I was at that awful place, not until the day the headmistress said it would be best if I left a year early so the rest of the class could concentrate. Then it was Thank you, thank you! A girls' grammar school.

Julie P said...

Thanks, Olivia and Lynne!

I knew some of you out there would remember them! I went to a comprehensive (William Brookes) named after William Penny Brookes one of the forefathers of the modern olympics but I don't have an athletic bone in my body!

Your school sounds awful, Lynne! No wonder you were glad to leave.

Julie xx

Elizabeth McKay said...

Hi Julie

I went to a comprehensive and our motto was Nil Nisi Nixu (I hope that's the right spelling - I didn't do Latin). It means 'Nothing Without Effort'. A good one for writers, perhaps.

Julie P said...

Too true, Elizabeth! Writers need to use a lot of effort in this game!

Thank you. I didn't do Latin either so I haven't a clue!

Julie xx

Olivia Ryan said...

Lynne, I'm nodding in sympathy. Mine was a girls' grammar too and was equally awful. xx

Sky Blue said...

I had to go and check the website for my old school to find it - A Just Weight - don't think it was worth the effort! I have no idea what it means.

However, I also found lots of info and advice for my youngest son who is sitting Standard Grades soon. He was so not impressed!

Julie P said...

A just weight! But I'm glad you found lots of info for your son - you can so get your own back on him now! Do mini tests and stuff - he'll be even less impressed won't he!

Julie xx

Fee said...

Hi Julie

Carpe Diem was drummed into me at school. It means seize the day.

I take it to mean seize every opportunity and use it to your best advantage.

Best wishes


Julie P said...

Thanks, Fee. Too true!
Julie xx

David B said...

Hi Julie,

The motto for our school was 'Perseverando' apparently meaning 'By Persevering' although to be honest it could mean absolutely anything as I failed Latin year after year that I was forced to take it. Could never really see the point myself! Still, it is an excellent motto for us struggling writers out there.


Julie P said...

It is a great motto for us struggling writers, David, thank you. I'll have to take your word for what it means as even though you failed Latin, I never took it in the first place so it's the blind leading the blind!