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chained_bear commented on the word fas and nefas
"'...consider that sleep and fatness go hand in hand, like fas and nefas—think of the autumn dormouse, the hibernating hedgepig...'"
--O'Brian, The Truelove, 88
March 10, 2008
sionnach commented on the word fas and nefas
I think of these as a little cartoon angel and devil, perched on opposite shoulders, armed with halo and pitchfork, respectively.
March 11, 2008
I have never heard this phrase before. I only know what the context imparts--do these words mean something separately?
I think they are Latin for 'right and wrong'.
Ohhhh.... that makes sense. No wonder I never heard it. Like Dan Quayle, I didn't pay much attention in Latin class.
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