Latin expressions explained (3): Fluctuat nec mergitur.

Latin expressions explained: Fluctuat nec mergitur.

Fluctuat nec mergitur has been the motto of the city of Paris since 1853. It means «Tossed by the waves but does not sink » or simply « It floats but does not sink. » This expression reflects Paris’ relationship with the Seine River, which runs through the city.

In fact, the motto dates back to the 16th century and was added to the Paris coat of arms by the water merchants’ community on municipal coins. It was Baron Hausmann, the prefect of the Seine (the former name of the Paris department, 75), who adopted this motto as that of the capital in 1853.

Example: I won’t let myself be beaten, Fluctuat nec mergitur!

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