Tuesday, November 25, 2008

On Flip Side In Latin

The picture is irrelevant, but today i looked up the etymology of "vice versa", cos it is kind of a curious term.
The only interesting thing about it that i found was that it has been around since 1595-1605. And that the "versa" part is linguistically feminine.
Also, i've noticed some people pronounce the "e" in vice, so that the term sounds like some sort of Italian phrase. Ie (phonetically) "vy-se-versa".
(Ok, so the picture is retrospectively vaguely relevant: Jean Paul Belmondo's father was Sicilian.)

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