Re: Latin Phrase

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Wed Mar 03 1999 - 07:15:00 EST

At 9:59 PM -0500 3/2/99, Mary L B Pendergraft wrote:
>At 08:31 PM 3/2/99 -0500, MR DAGOBERTO GARCIA wrote:
>>I know this may be off the topic a little. I more often lurk than
>>Does anyone know the latin phrase for "always ready"?
>>Dagoberto Garcia
>Semper paratus (masculine) parata (feminine) paratum (neuter). This leapt
>to mind because it was the slogan on the automatic teller at my bank years
>ago--with the feminine, parata, which made me curious.....did it agree with

That's good: "money always on hand." It should be noted also that SEMPER
PARATUS has been (and I assume still and always is) the motto of the Boy
Scouts. There was a celebrated parody of this by Tom Lehrer: "Be
prepared--that's the Boy Scouts' marching song; be prepared, as through
life you march along ..." after which point it drops into some less
commendable applications of the motto.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
One Brookings Drive/St. Louis, MO, USA 63130/(314) 935-4018
Home: 7222 Colgate Ave./St. Louis, MO 63130/(314) 726-5649 OR

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