Motto engraved on library gets lost in translation

AP News
|
Posted: Oct 06, 2014 11:31 AM

MOORESTOWN, N.J. (AP) — The Latin motto engraved on the wall of a new library in southern New Jersey got lost in translation.

Officials had thought the phrase "Nos Secundus Coniecto Omnia" meant "we confirm all things twice." But it actually means "we second-guess all."

Moorestown architect Rick Ragan tells the Burlington County Times (http://bit.ly/1uQSV6j ) he learned of the problem from residents who translated it online.

Ragan says he'll pay a stone cutter to change the phrase to "We encourage all." He'll also have the Roman numerals fixed to reflect the proper year.

Mayor Chris Chiacchio tells the newspaper a mistake is only a mistake if you do not have the courage to correct it.

___

Information from: Burlington County Times (Willingboro, N.J.), http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com