Cedars Math:Proverbs and Phrases

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  • "When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years." Mark Twain, "Old Times on the Mississippi," Atlantic Monthly, 1874.
  • "A pint's a pound the world around." Thus, a pint has 16 ounces, and so does a pound.
  • "Venite Adoremus": Come and let's adore, or Come let us adore him.
  • "Quod erat demonstrandum": Which was to be shown. Used at the end of a proof, when you've shown that the proposition is true.
  • "Veni, Vidi , Vici": I came, I saw, I conquered, in Latin. Julius Caesar said this.
  • "Per centum": for each 100, in Latin.
  • "e.g.": "exempli gratia", "for example", "as a free example", from Latin.