Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

If you want peace, prepare for war.

An ancient, but enduring adage, first found in the 5th century De re militari (Concerning Military Matters) by the Latin writer Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus.

I was thinking about this phrase recently, inspired by the subtitle of the latest John Wick filmParabellum. Continue reading

Night Then!

Oh, hi there!

I’ve been taking a bit of a break, to recharge my batteries. But I’m nicely refreshed now!

The other day, I saw a tweet which pointed out the resemblances between the words for night and eight in various European languages. They’re obviously only one letter apart in English, and there’s a similar… similarity between the words in other languages: Continue reading

Crocodile Tears

I always begin these posts by saying I came across this expression recently.

I didn’t though. Instead, while reading something, I came across something like He cried like a crocodile. And the fact that it wasn’t the specific expression crocodile tears is what caught my eye, and actually made me think about that expression, and where it might come from. Continue reading