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The new library in Moorestown, N.J., has “decorative medallions” embedded in the outside walls with inspirational sayings. Two, the builders say, have the motto “We confirm all things twice” — in Latin: Nos Secundus Coniecto Omnia. There’s just one problem: that Latin phrase actually means “We second-guess all.” Two other medallions have the year 1853 noted in Roman numerals — incorrectly leaving out two “C”s, making the date actually read 1653. “I’m not a Latin scholar,” said library director Joseph Galbraith, who didn’t do the translations. But, he said, “I thought the original intention was [to come up with a phrase that means] ‘We as a community seek answers for all’.” (RC/Philadelphia Inquirer) ...Cogito, ergo doleo.
Original Publication Date: 09 November 2014
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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