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Feb 27, 2015
This week’s theme
Latin terms in English

This week’s words
modus operandi
per se
ex post
bona fide
per contra

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per contra

PRONUNCIATION:
(per KON-truh)

MEANING:
adverb: On the contrary.
noun: The opposite side.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin per (per) + contra (against). Earliest documented use: 1554.

USAGE:
“I’m sure you must be thinking horrible thoughts about me right now, thinking I’ve been terrible to you. If only you could understand that it’s not so. Per contra, this has all been for your benefit.”
William Bernhardt; Dark Eye; Ballantine Books; 2006.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
He that respects himself is safe from others; he wears a coat of mail that none can pierce. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet (27 Feb 1807-1882)

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