Class of 2013 - cedimus nihil

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  1. Memphis9489

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    For the first time, I saw the Class of 2013's crest. I didn't know they created the crest so soon. Emblazoned on their crest is the Latin (I assume) phrase: cedimus nihil.

    Not being fluent in Latin, I decided to look it up and find out what it meant.

    Nihil was easy. It means "nothing."

    I had a much more difficult time finding out what cedimus means.

    I finally gave up and assumed it had something to do with "lubrication" or "greasing" an object - perhaps a Herndon reference. :)

    Seriously though, I believe it means "Surrender nothing." Do we have any Latin scholars in the group? It seems cedimus is a conjugated verb form of cedo, "to surrender". Is that correct?
     
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    Yea, it means ..."Hank Williams, Jr." ...:eek:

    Why in the world would they put that on their ring tho? Must hate CW music, huh?:rolleyes::yllol::rocket::rocket::welcome:
     
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    one meaning.surrender nothing.
    Finally, all those Latin verbs drummed into my head (literally) pay off!:shake:
     
  4. Long Island Sound

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    cēdimus (verb) - first-person plural present active indicative of cēdō.
    cēdō (verb)- 1. to withdraw. 2. to yield
    nihil (pronoun) - nothing, zero.
     
  5. AF6872

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    Latin is a real pain if you haven't looked at it for about forty years and the extensions are hard to figure but here are the root meanings:

    http://www.archives.nd.edu/cgi-bin/lookup.pl?stem=cedo&ending=imus

    http://www.archives.nd.edu/cgi-bin/lookup.pl?stem=nihil&ending=

    Georgetown ROTC is "Nemini Cedimus" = "Yield To No One" or better "To No One Do We Yield" . English Latin translations would probably be pretty good at Georgetown. The Jesuits usually get it correct. At least they told me they always got everything correct.

    Reversing the order it looks like it might mean "Give Ground To Nothing", "Submit To Nothing" or best guess is "We Yield To Nothing".
     
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    Found some more trivia garbage for the dead language:

    Mus = first person plural = We
    Cedi = present passive infinitive of Cedo (To Yield)
    "We Are To Yield To Nothing" = new best guess:biggrin:
     
  7. TBBucs007

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    It means surrender nothing. We had the option of surrender to no one, to nothing we surrender, or surrender nothing, and we picked surrender nothing (at least, that's what they told us it means!) We designed it towards the end of last year.
     
  8. mademu

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    Created by a bunch of MIDS in jogging suits.

    Lot of complaints about that one, but people should have seen some of the other horrible options that made it to the final round of voting.
     
  9. patois63

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    -imus signals an imperative verb, thus it's a command to "surrender nothing."
     
  10. navygirl89

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    Yeah the root verb would be cedimus-imus+ere= cedere

    Translation
    To yield to, give way for

    and imus makes it first person plural

    So basically We Surrender to/for Nothing
     

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