Re: Latin Phrase

From: Prof. A K M Adam (
Date: Wed Mar 03 1999 - 07:30:24 EST


I thought SEMPER PARATUS was the Coast Guard motto; the Boy Scouts' "Be
Prepared" isn't quite the same....

I have a vague recollection from my elementary school days of having to
learn the Coast Guard Hymn:

"Semper Paratus is our cry/Our fame, our glory, too/To fight to win or fight
and die/Aye, Coast Guard, we are for you"

Though I notice that "Air Force" scans as well as "Coast Guard."

A K M Adam

Princeton Theological Seminary

A theory of truth is one theory too many.

---------- >From: "Carl W. Conrad" <> >To: Biblical Greek <> >Cc: Biblical Greek <> >Subject: Re: Latin Phrase >Date: Wed, Mar 3, 1999, 7:15 AM >

> 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 >>>participate. >>>Does anyone know the latin phrase for "always ready"? >>> >>>Thanks >>>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 >>pecunia=money? > > 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 > WWW: > > --- > B-Greek home page: > You are currently subscribed to b-greek as: [] > To unsubscribe, forward this message to > To subscribe, send a message to >

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