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